I am going to delay the next article in the series "Blurring the Lines of Community" for an obvious reason.
The LGBT community has been deeply wounded. That community has been the inspiration of many of the things we have been trying to do over the years in the Pagan Community. I have often held up the LGBT Community as an example of what can be accomplished by a repressed, suppressed, and marginalized community. Same sex marriage is now the law of the land. Battles over equal rights continue, but the LGBT Community has done an amazing job over the last few decades of moving the discussion from one of pure hate and complete lack of understanding to an emerging view in America that their members are simply other members of the larger community. There is still far to go, but the LGBT inspiration has had a massive impact on the Pagan Community and how we are now attempting to become more accepted by the legal system and American society as a whole. There would be no "Pagan Pride Day" if it weren't for the LGBT Community blazing a trail for us.