Living as I have and as I do in Atlanta and New York, I have a LOT of gay and lesbian friends – not just people I KNOW who are gay and lesbian. Friends. It’s to the point that, while I am aware of their sexuality, between us it has become such a non-issue that the subject scarcely ever comes up.
Then I go to a poetry or writing event which seems to lean heavily toward gay and lesbian, or I see an announcement for something like MondoHomo or Gay Pride, and my (shameful) knee-jerk reaction is: Why? Why do you feel the need to be so in-your-face about this?
AND THEN along comes something like Proposition 8, and Miss California, and I think: Oh yeah. That’s why.