High Variance


Last night I dreamt I was at my high school reunion. Near the end of dinner, one of the organizers came to my table and asked if everyone who was gay would raise their hand because they were planning a separate meeting just for gay alumni. Six attendees from our table of 26 raised their hands. I had no idea about five of them, and while my first reaction was surprise, my second was pride in the social change that’s happened over the last 25 years.

In just the last year, we’ve had the first male American athlete in a major sport (Jason Collins) come out with near universal acceptance. The number one draft pick in the WNBA draft (Britney Griner) mentioned she was gay and hardly anyone noticed. The Supreme Court seems on the verge of legalizing gay marriage (or at least banning the states from banning gay marriage). And my (almost) alma mater1, Framingham High School, now has a club called the Gay/Straight Alliance.

The reunion and the casual statements about sexual orientation by my old friends may have been a dream, but the reality is much better. Some of the healthiest and most loving couples I know are gay. Some of the best parents I know are gay. And it’s so nice that this is finally being recognized by a majority of Americans.

  1. I actually attended Framingham South High School, but in 1991 it merged with Framingham North High School to become Framingham High School.