I recall well a day in 1984. It was the day before I released as the Mayor of the largest city in North Dakota the first ever proclamaion declaring a Gay and Lesbian Awareness Week.
I was nervous. I didn’t know what people would say or think about this.
Today, there are at least a couple gay candidates running for office in the Fargo area. There are gay people in Congress and at least one gay Governor.
Far behind is acceptance by the public of those who are not religious. But, efforts for change are underway.
This past weekend the first Rally for Reason was held in Washington, D. C. At least a couple members of our local Red River Freethinkers were there. I wish I could have attended.
Military bases are now hosting secular rallies for men and women in the armed services. The myth that being placed in harm’s way automatically brings one into the family of believers has been promoted for many decades. It is only now being dispelled.
Unbelief billboards are going up all across the U. S. and ads will be appearing soon on the CBS news. One would suppose this will create the feeling for people who do not believe in the faith there are like-minded folks around them.
Surely all would agree these are positive events. It is better if everyone is able to let others know who they are, gay or straight, and what they think, belief or not.