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Reader comments from www.advocate.com.

In the December 20 issue we asked:

Can openly gay and lesbian youths win over the hearts and minds of rural America to support LGBT equality?

Reader comments from www.advocate.com

* "Visibility is everything. Openly gay and lesbian youths are doing more to advance LGBT equality than all the political action committees combined."

* "I feel that prejudice will keep LGBT teens from winning over their rural communities, at least most of them. Still, it is important to never give up."

* "Small towns equal small minds, and that will never change until the small minds die out."

* "Openly gay people of any age can win over the hearts and minds of rural America. My partner and I have been living in rural America since the late '80s and have always been accepted bY our neighbors."

* "Openly gay youths can make a difference. It's just too bad that so many of them have had to suffer or even die for seeking equality."

* "It's much more likely that people's hearts and minds will be changed by other people like themselves who can speak convincingly about their experience of changing their own minds."
The advocate poll

yes 60%
no 33%
unsure 7%

Note: Table made from a pie chart.
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Date:Feb 14, 2006
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