Little Rock: Raising the Rainbow 2012 Profile
Little Rock's 11th place ranking among the "gayest cities in America" poll has been and is still being widely discussed and debated. The blogs, vlogs and wagging tongues from all points have decried everything about the listing and it's methodology. One such Arkansas Times blog reader stated, " how could Little Rock be listed when you can been fired from your job or thrown out of your apartment because you are gay...I wouldn't advise any gay person to live their..." Well, for the record any body can be fired in Arkansas due to our oppressive "right to work" status and as far as I know we still have fair housing laws that were used in the case of Franke vs. Parkstone in which a HIV positive gay minister was ejected from the facility. Rev. Franke won an out of court settlement and the facility since then has revised it policies. The reasoning's from folks as to why this city doesn't deserve this 2nd tier ranking is just stupefying. Even more amazing is the mean spirited backtalk is coming from some folks who actually live here. If we mean mouth ourselves then what are others to think! It's obvious that Little Rock is not a "mecca" or a foremost gay hot spot such as San Francisco or Houston for that matter, but I've visited many of the big girl cities and I"m here to tell ya all that "glitters is not golden." My civic pride beams proudly as I've had the chance to travel across the nation. No matter what mega city I'm visiting, I'm the first to herald Little Rock as a special place to be. Sure there's plenty of "gay stuff" to do in those other cities however, all of it is portable and could be apart of our scene as well. Want a softball league? Then create one with your fellow athletes. In the last few years, Sidekicks the local kickball team has flourished with a devoted fan base. Need a book club? Call the north sides TraX as they are always willing to open their space as a community meeting area. Just because Houston, NYC, Chicago or Philadelphia has more people doesn't mean that you can't work with what you've got. There's much to be proud of in this city and we must not keep thinking that the "glass is half empty, instead that it's just not full, yet. Check out the listing at http://news.advocate.com Go Little Rock!
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