[sub]Great thread, scott[/sub]
Piping in to wish best of luck. It is incredibly admirable.
The city in which I currently live is liberal, artsy and has a healthily visible gay population. I’ve encountered the least amount of homophobic idiocy here than anywhere I’ve lived, so it is easy to forget and get too comfortable. But I work in a predominately straight bar, and last night in front of 60-odd people had three very large, very loud guys being verbally abusive to me (it’s not the pit, I’m not going to list the insults here, but it was the usual). Not a single collegue or friend lifted a finger to defend me, and I went home unsure whether I wanted to go break stuff or just lie down and sob. Just when you forget all your LGB history and start thinking you can live as a man, rather than a gay man, it all comes back and bites you in the butt.
The world needs more intelligent, ethical, politically-active openly-gay men and women with integrity and passion (and great taste in board crushes ;)) to stand up. You make me wish I did more. Bravo, matt, and again, best of luck.