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The New York Times‘ Benoit Denizet-Lewis has written an extensive and fascinating article on middle-school age (!) gays who are coming out and leading happy, healthy lives with the support of their family and friends. I always find the generation gap between myself and gays ten years older difficult to negotiate due to the large increase in rights and visibility that happened in time for my adolescence, but not theirs. They got to be thirteen years old when AIDS hysteria was exploding. I got to watch Ellen come out when I was thirteen. But something tells me the generation after me is starting to create an even greater gap (and good on Denizet-Lewis for going into depth about how the internet is playing a massive role in this; I was the last generation to not have facebook and myspace in high school, and its gonna show). Already I picture myself ten years from now, drunkenly whining to a twentysomething version of one of those boys about how bad I had it. But the point remains: this article is lovely and amazing and an excellent way to spend your next twenty minutes.

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