If a gay politician comes out but many gay leaders never hear about it, is he really out?
In the last two weeks, Georgia’s gay political landscape got its own version of that oft-quoted question: If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, does it make a sound?
Within days, our state’s short list of known openly gay elected officials jumped by two. Any way you look at it, that’s progress.
But the ensuing reaction raised interesting questions about what it means to be “out,” especially in metro Atlanta in 2011, where gay people are more mainstream than ever, but many still fear discrimination both within their families and the community at large.