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Ya think that there might be some people who don't like Ronald Reagan?

Victor Fiorillo writes at The Philly Post (and pardon some people's French):

Last Friday, an attaché of important gay people from Philadelphia made a trip to Washington D.C. as invited guests of President Barack Obama for the White House’s first-ever gay pride reception...some of them took advantage of photo opportunities to give the late President Ronald Reagan the middle finger...
 

...Reagan’s memorable statement on LGBT rights from the 1980 campaign trail: “My criticism is that [the gay movement] isn’t just asking for civil rights; it’s asking for recognition and acceptance of an alternative lifestyle which I do not believe society can condone, nor can I.”

“Yeah, fuck Reagan,” reiterates [Matthew] Hart one week after the reception. “Ronald Reagan has blood on his hands. The man was in the White House as AIDS exploded, and he was happy to see plenty of gay men and queer people die. He was a murderous fool, and I have no problem saying so. Don’t invite me back. I don’t care.”
 
Switching gears, Hart describes the reception as “fantastic” and notes that the White House staff seemed “giddy.” ”A lot of work had to happen to make this reception politically viable and possible,” he observes. “There were many service members there. I met a woman with lots of medals, an important military person, who was with her partner. And all her life, she had to be in the closet—until now. And I met a couple from Tennessee in their mid-50s, two men who have been in a relationship for 22 years and run an LGBT youth program. They could barely speak with their emotions. They kept saying, All through grade school and high school, people were telling us we’re gonna burn in hell. And here we are honored guests of Obama.”
But before other people get really exercised about this and despite Mario's kid remarking,
It meant more to people than I even imagined. Marriage equality, it wasn't even about marriage. It was about equality. It was about acceptance; it was about affirmation
here's something to keep in mind: gays are a tiny minority who have "an outsized place in the public imagination."  Yes, that's right..."Americans Have No Idea How Few Gay People There Are...Surveys show a shockingly high fraction think a quarter of the country is gay or lesbian, when the reality is that it's probably less than 2 percent":
...it's hard to imagine the fact that so many think the country is more than a quarter gay or lesbian has no impact on our public policy.
That's a much bigger problem than even rude gestures, foul language, and general disrespect—particuarly since that type of misapprehension has serious implications in a splintered society where it seems that everyone is a minority and everyone is a victim.
 
h/t's Tom, Jim
 
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