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    April 25, 2008

    Proud of his gay son

    Posted by: Chris

    A proud father in Oklahoma City took an extraordinary step today to stand up for his son in the face of the mean-spirited hatred spewing from a certain state representative there. I've had the honor of meeting Bob Lemon, through his (gay) son Chrys, an old friend from my first time around in Washington in the early '90s.

    Chrys' struggle with accepting being gay was similar to my own, and it was a real boost to me to see his father respond so lovingly. Clearly, that special support is still there and finding new and inventive ways of expressing itself, including an advertisement in the Oklahoman newspaper:




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    1. Colin on Apr 25, 2008 10:40:19 AM:

      I love to see this kind of thing, as I think it at once humanizes our plight and gives non-gay people a point of entry into supporting our cause. I wonder what public reaction, if any, this advertisement will create in Oklahoma...

    1. Amicus on Apr 25, 2008 12:05:12 PM:

      I continue to be privately miffed that Alan Turing seldom makes the top ten list.

      The guy fucking saved the free world:

      "Turing, on the basis of his published work, was recruited to serve in the Government Code and Cypher School, located in a Victorian mansion called Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire. The task of all those so assembled — mathematicians, chess champions, Egyptologists, whoever might have something to contribute about the possible permutations of formal systems — was to break the Enigma codes used by the Nazis in communications between headquarters and troops. Because of secrecy restrictions, Turing's role in this enterprise was not acknowledged until long after his death. And like the invention of the computer, the work done by the Bletchley Park crew was very much a team effort [grrrr]. But it is now known that Turing played a crucial role in designing a primitive, computer-like machine that could decipher at high speed Nazi codes to U-boats in the North Atlantic."

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