I was doing some research at the public library the other day, paging through LIFE
magazines from 1970. Ecology—as in acid rain, etc.—was an issue of
great public concern at the time, with predictions that within a decade
people would be wearing gas masks to survive pollution. Even more
urgent, though, was “population pollution.”
I was watching one of those competitive cooking shows the
other night with my six year old daughter Emma. The challenge in that
particular episode involved taking the chefs out to (as they called it)
“the middle of nowhere” and having them butcher a pig and cook it over a
fire they built from wood they gathered.
Now that October 2011 has drawn to an end, I want to express my gratitude to
all the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who were
inspired by the tradition of October being Coming Out month to come out
to themselves and those around them.