If you think that the Gays in the U.S. have it so good, check out this story from the New York Times about the daily battles facing LGBT people living in Newark, NJ:
To live in Newark often means grappling with unrelenting poverty, the anesthetizing lure of drugs, murderous gangs, a lack of decent jobs.
But for gay men, lesbians and transgender people, there are additional obstacles that are seldom acknowledged: gay bashings, H.I.V., open hostility from many religious leaders and sometimes callous treatment by the police.
When venturing outside his Central Ward neighborhood, Tyrone Simpson, 19, stays on main thoroughfares and steers clear of the men in gang colors looking for easy quarry. Dynasty Mitchell, 21, an aspiring poet who works at a supermarket, has learned to blend in by stretching a do-rag over his head and adopting a thuggish gait in public.
“If you’re not prepared to fight, you’re not going to survive in Newark,” said Mr. Simpson, who is unabashedly gay.
Reading this story makes the fights over political purity among our organizations seem like so much silliness. LGBT people living in Newark as well as many parts of the South and Midwest are fighting for the space to even breath as openly gay people while activists are arguing over who can and who cannot wear the "progressive" label.
Its places like this where many of the real battles in the LGBT movement are happening and you have to wonder what the resource rich organizations based in places like D.C, L.A. and NYC will do, if anything, to help.