The Tortoise & the Hare: The differing trajectories of gay rights vs gender identity in US law

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Worriedmom is the mother of four (allegedly) adult children. She lives in the Northeastern part of the United States.  Worriedmom practiced law for many years and now works in the non-profit ara. She is available to interact in the comments section of this post.


by Worriedmom

While writing a previous 4thWaveNow article about my experience as a PFLAG leader, I  thought back on my longstanding personal connections with gay, lesbian and transgender people.  I first became interested in this group of humans while in college in the late 1970s, on account of my then-best friend, a gay man.  I remember demonstrating against Anita Bryant’s mean-spirited Florida anti-gay activism, and being filmed by the local police department, which regarded gay people and their allies as dangerous subversives.  I recall that same police department barging into the local gay disco, lining up the women and men against separate walls, demanding…

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