Based on her membership in a church which promotes a “reparative therapy” conference, some gay bloggers have become convinced that Sarah Palin harbors anti-gay views despite the fact that they can’t track down any comments from the Alaska Governor berating people like us.
Perhaps it has to do with the live-and-let-live attitude of the Last Frontier. Â A reader alerted me to an article (from the Advocate of all places!) finding that Â most Alaskans are remarkably tolerant of their gay fellow citizens. Â
To be sure, writer Julie Bolcer acknowledges that “the gay experience in the Last Frontier is marked by contradictions that can perplex the rest of the country,” the gay people she talked to find a welcome in the state governed by the Republican vice presidential nominee.
When former Wasilla resident Aaron Stielstra came out to his parents, he found it didn’t change their feelings for him. Â He even found his home-state more welcoming than larger metropolitan areas in the “Lower 48:”
I once had an experience where I was walking down the street in Boys Town [Chicago] holding the hand of my then-boyfriend, and we were heckled by people passing by in a truck. . . . Similar things have happened to me in Los Angeles, and in Orange County. Nothing like that has ever happened to me in Wasilla, and I have acted the same way there.
He added that Sarah Palin’s home town “is a pretty good generalization for most of the state.â€
It seems that Palin’s public statements on homosexuality reflect on the state where she lives. It looks like we can expect her to bring that live-and-let-live attitude to Washington.