I call it the sickness of Japan. First we hide, then we postpond, and then we assume no responsibility
Closet? What closet?
The point of the gay-rights movement, after all, is not about helping people be gay. It is about creating the space for people to be themselves.
This is the gay experience: the discovery in adulthood of a community not like your own home and the struggle to belong in both places, without displacement, without alienation.
Sixty-five percent of Democrats back marriage equality, compared with only 22 percent of Republicans. But independents favor gay marriage by 57 percent—far closer to the Democrats than the GOP. So it’s been confirmed: gay rights is indeed a wedge issue.
This has been Obama’s life’s work. And he just enlarged the space in this world for so many others, trapped in different cages of identity, yearning to be released and returned to the families they love and the dignity they deserve.
for the United States, gay rights were integral to human rights across the globe, and the U.S. would conduct diplomacy accordingly.