by Chris Bodenner

A reader writes:

This reader underestimates the importance of gay visibility outside of urban America. In poorer and more rural parts of the country, being gay may have become more visible in the last several decades, but there are still major impediments to being out and proud. America is a huge, diverse country, and nowhere near uniform in any way. If Mehlman is going to have an impact, it'll be on people like the low-level staffers and wonks that are rising within Republican circles. Hardly the most powerful figures in D.C., but not a bunch of nobodies either.

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