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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:29 PM
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Sign of the times: My 82 year old mother, who came from a rather sheltered background,
was asking me the other day to explain the difference between someone who is transgendered and someone who is a transvestite and someone who is gay. She honestly didn't know the specific meaning of each term. She also went on to discuss the scandal of states that prohibited marriages between people of different races into the 70's. I may not be explaining myself properly here, but this very old lady is now seeing people from the LGBT community as people and not as sinners, and she is making the connection in her own mind between the laws against mixed race marriages and against same sex marriages.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:31 PM
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1. Good for her. I like her already, and I've never met her.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:37 PM
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2. K&R... Sounds a lot like my grandmother...
She wasn't judgmental about anyone, just wasn't up to speed on these things, so wanted them explained to her. I doubt that things like this came up much when she was growing up, in a small town in NE NY, in the early 1900s... ;)
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sharesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:06 PM
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3. Most certainly the civil rights struggle of our time.
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ShadowLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:20 PM
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4. It's because of progress of this that we'll win the fight for equality one day
Glad to hear the change of heart, it's stuff like this that move us one step closer to equality for LGBT.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:37 PM
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5. I remember my mom laughing at "maricon" jokes in her twenties
and at 77, she voted no on H8.

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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:27 PM
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6. k and r--I like your mom
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:54 PM
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7. that generation is awesome. sounds like my parents, good to the bone.
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RetiredTrotskyite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 02:26 AM
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8. Great to Hear!
My late mother finally "got it" at 90--guess our mothers prove that one is never too old and that the old folks can surprise.
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 02:21 PM
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9. Good for her..for people who are basically open-minded, even if their
backgrounds don't reflect that, always like to learn.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 04:50 PM
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10. Good for her.
:thumbsup: Thanks for sharing. :)
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racaulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 08:35 PM
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11. Give your mother a big hug for me.
She's good people, and the world could use a whole lot more like her.

:hi:
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beyurslf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 12:21 AM
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12. I don't know that I can say my grandma wa s abig supporter of gay marriage because it
wasn't really an issue when she was alive, but I do know that she always said that using your religion (and she meant Christianity) to judge someone wasn't very Christian of you. She said she just wished people would let others live their lives how they wanted to. It isn't all of our business anyway. I have to think that if she were alive, she would support equality even if she didn't really understand why people live how they do.
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sui generis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:35 AM
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13. the elderly tend to look around and figure out
that life and companionship and having a family are almost always about a lot more than the mechanics of sex.

Pity our younger dickbrained fellow Americans can't figure it out.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:30 AM
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14. I think older people ahve become accustomed to change and that the younger people
are already there. I think it's the people in the middle, say 40 to 60 , who are the problem.
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