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Thanks for writing , Polly, and for publishing, Matt. Polly, your experience resonates with my observations of three people I love in the world. As they are who they really are, and live happier lives as a consequence, others use their courage and vulnerability as a means to discriminate and bring more cruelty into our already brutal societal norms. Mandela said in his book Long Walk to Freedom “A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it's lowest ones”. We are not doing so well on that front. I’m not sure what makes many of us in the dominant culture blind to the fact that most of us regardless of sexuality, gender, race want essentially the same things- to love and be loved, to be safe and financially viable.

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