Thanks to Representative Barney Frank for the inspiration.
In an NPR interview two days ago, the Massachusetts Democrat talked about coming out as a gay elected official in 1987. Then scared and now proud of his decision, he said very simply that “reality beats prejudice” (http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/11/29/142918342/barney-franks-two-top-goals-protecting-wall-st-reform-social-spending)
His logic: “presenting people, those of us who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender… and the reality of who we are” instead of two-dimensional stereotypes and politicized representations “give[s] an alternative to the prejudice, and the prejudice loses.”
I hope he’s right. I believe he’s right.