Alyson,

I just wanted to take a moment to congratulate you on the piece you did in this week’s Lagniappe. It took great courage for all of the people involved to collaborate on a piece like this but it is a story that needed to be told.

Far too many Mobilians are still “in the closet” and the one and only force that drives them is fear. The more the community knows about the presence of their LGBT community, the more change I think we will see. For example, when I started my job in the legal field, my sexual orientation was far from an important aspect of how I contributed to my job. As the people I work with got to know me better-the real me and not just a “labeled” me-the easier it was to open up to them and come out, and even introduce them to my partner. I am very fortunate to work at a place where I am out and accepted, but I know of far too many places that probably wouldn’t have had the same reaction.

Things are starting to change in Mobile, but there is still work to do.

Thank you for writing this piece. Thank you to Lane for the courage to contribute his story, and thank you to Lagniappe for helping fuel such a much needed change.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Campbell