Iowa City may be the third gayest city in America, but that doesn’t mean the struggle for gay rights and acceptance is over.
This weekend, Iowa City will celebrate Pride 2011, joining cities across the country in commemorating the presidentially proclaimed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexaul, and Transgender Pride Month. Unfortunately, recent events, combined with a hostile political culture, serve to underscore the continued necessity of Pride festivities.
Last week, an openly gay man reported an attack by a stranger who called him a “f*cking faggot” while walking down Clinton Street. Iowa City seems like an unlikely place for anti-gay violence; a city and campus with a large gay community, in a state that recently legalized gay marriage, shouldn’t brook intolerance. Sadly, the acceptance and tolerance of gay people in society is still far behind what it should be even in the most tolerant places in America.
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