GLBT people who grew up in that era and left small towns in search of careers, etc. can relate to the experience of returning under those conditions - not expecting to be welcomed home. Blamed as threats to family values. Shunned by our past church communities. Even denounced as unworthy of equal rights as citizens. We see glimmers of hope in Iowa, Vermont, Massachusetts and with companies who include GLBT people in anti-discrimination policies. There are signs of a new day.
Wouldn't it be amazing if small towns and even churches across the country had "Welcome Home Day" for GLBT people? A day of celebration where GLBT people who left go back home to join their brothers and sisters who stayed and are received by a new welcoming community.
That would be a powerful message of real change.