New York Times reporter Ginia Bellafante does a good job in Thursday's paper of profiling the state's suddenly visible lesbian and gay population.
The 2005 anti-marriage amendment and the ongoing campaigns to paint GLBT citizens as evil sinners have backfired, the story notes. The conservative attacks have lead an increasing number of lesbian, gay and transgendered Kansans to not only come out, but to become politically active.
I met Ginia when she visited our state recently. From what I can tell, she did a good job of fairly portraying the people she met. She even uncovered a few stories I hadn't heard before like this one about a political colleague.
(Cyd) Slayton found that the more she opened herself up, the more she found solace. The day after the marriage amendment passed, her handyman, a Rush Limbaugh fan who came to install her air conditioner, expressed his sympathies. “He came upstairs and said ‘I’m just so sorry, Cyd, I know how hard you worked on this,’ ” she said. “He put his arm around me and it was just about as touching a thing that happened around this whole issue.”Stories such as Cyd's show the true depth of the quiet revolution in Kansas. Such events won't win elections today, and probably not tomorrow, but the change is coming. Lies and stereotypes can only win for so long.