Annals of internet dating
For the most part, people don't care if you're gay but they don't really want to see overt, open displays of affection.
But it's very rare to see or find open displays of hate.
Jon responded: "What does that have to with anything?
I love my son and I'm proud of him." It backfired on Burns. Most of Montana is a sort of "don't ask, don't tell" kind of place with very little religious influence.
Fortunately, they're wrong; Montanans overwhelmingly reject such views.
Then there is Missoula, where I moved from and lived for 26 years: A relatively small, liberal, hippie-like college town in the mountains where sometimes it seems everyone is an activist and there's a bong on almost every kitchen table (at least among my friends). It's the kind of place where being gay is kind of "cool."Hellgate High School in Missoula was one of the first high schools in the nation to establish a Gay-Straight Alliance, and as far as I know it is still going strong.
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We have a ways to go everywhere, for sure, but things do get better everyday. As for my memory of Unabomber details: Thank god for Wikipedia! )This does remind me of a funny story: At the time the Unabomber was making news, there was also the FBI vs the "Freeman" incident going on in eastern Montana and "Mad Cow" disease had broken out in England. Please don't tell me either way - could be worrisome and I'll just leave it at "Wow, you replied to my email!A Missoula radio station held a contest to come up with a new tourist slogan for Montana. Now if only they'd give me access to the post office . "I liked your Montana story and will update my probably out of date impression that it's a beautiful state where more than half the people hate me and the rest may wonder if we will hit it off and move to Montana and gay up the neighborhood.If you go solely by the percentage of total population, Missoula may be almost as gay as the Bay (minus the fun decadence of, say, the Folsom Street Fair). I served two terms as President of the Montana Wildlife Federation and was actively involved in politics and known in certain circles throughout the state for my activism and writing.There were people who didn't care for me because I am a wolf-loving, tree-hugging environmentalist. In fact, when I first came out of the closet and had an essay widely published (and also did an NPR commentary on) called "Brokeback Mountain: Best Elk Hunting Movie?