Magazine article Out

Editor's Letter

Magazine article Out

Editor's Letter

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Here's an idea for Michael Moore's next project. He can take on America's ludicrously muddled and contradictory attitudes toward homosexuality and call it Whacko. Imagine the fun he'd have with the Pentagon's nowinfamous gay bomb plot? And instead of taking a group of sick Americans to Cuba for health care, as he does in Sicko, he can fly a group of gay Americans to Colombia, which is on the verge of becoming the first country in Latin America to legally recognize gay couples-with attendant pension, inheritance, and other rights. Moore could interview President Alvaro Uribe and ask how a Roman Catholic country with a conservative leader is capable of acknowledging the basic human dignity of gay men and women while this country, with its cherished Bill of Rights, is not. He can track down some of the 58 Arabic linguists discharged from the military because they are gay and compare them to their counterparts in the United Kingdom and Australia-our so-called allies on the war on terror that have openly gay soldiers serving alongside closeted Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. He can even come and interview me. I'll tell him about the Pennsylvania state park that agreed to let us shoot a fashion story for the July issue (moody guys strolling through woods-dangerous!) only to pull out at the last moment because it was a "family park" whereas Out is a gay magazine. For a long time, those two things were mutually exclusive in the minds of many Americans, and if that is beginning to change it cannot be soon enough.

Yet the good news is that it is changing. The decision of the Massachusetts legislature in June, voting down a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage, reflects how far we've traveled even as it reminds us how far we have yet to go. Michael Kinsley, writing in Time magazine, argues persuasively that gays have achieved in two or three decades what took black Americans a century to accomplish. …

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