by Max Brantley
KUAR rolled out today the first of a six-park series, "Gay in Arkansas," reported by Eric Francis. It will be broadcast every Monday at 6:35 and 8:35 a.m. and then be posted to the web about 9 a.m.
Coincidentally, the New York Times has begun an interactive feature, "Coming Out." It talks to LGBT teens about the life they expect amid a country roiling with change — the end of military discrimination (still hotly contested by some); continuing debate on same-sex marriage (but hopeful signs of changing views, if not in actions such as that by the Minnesota legislature to move to ban it there), and some heightened sensitivity (though still not enough) to bullying in school.
Related today in NYT: It reports a growing number of private companies ...
... are reaching into their own pockets to pay for an extra tax that their gay employees owe on their partners’ health insurance — something that their married heterosexual co-workers don’t have to worry about because the federal government recognizes them as an economic unit.
To gay employees, gaining equal benefits is about more than the money. The gesture itself validates their relationship with their partners at a time when the government has not.
Then there's Tennessee, where homphobic legislators are trying to forbid mention of homosexuality in sex education courses.