From New Jersey to California, parents are protesting LGBTQ-inclusive education. Based on the incredible reaction, one might think this includes sex education; rather, the legislation simply asks that curricula identify and recognize LGBTQ folks throughout history.

California passed the FAIR Education Act in 2011 “to ensure the contributions of members of underrepresented racial, ethnic and cultural groups . . . are included in history and social-studies lessons.”

Amid what feels like an uptick in the opposition to the LGBTQIA community, big businesses are forcing states like Tennessee and Texas to evaluate anti-LGBTQ measures.

Sometimes those born and raised in cities see urban areas as mecca centers for LGBTQIA communities — at times even dismissing the thought that rural areas contain more than a few lone queer souls. 

However, a recent study done by LGBTQ think tank Movement Advancement Project estimated that 3-5 percent of people living in rural areas identify as LGBTQ — between 2.9-3.8-million people.

Many of us know what it’s like to have the conversation — the coming-out conversation. Some may still be in the closet, fearing the conversation. But a phenomenal thing happened on April 15 that may help change that conversation, or perhaps make it slightly easier for some LGBT people going forward.

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., who officially announced his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination last weekend, had a very-public conversation during which he candidly discussed his coming-out journey with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, an out lesbian.

Two high-profile LGBT people having a personal, open and emotional discussion about the decision to come out, the timing, the struggle, and how different and individual it is for everyone is not something often heard on primetime TV.

This space is generally reserved for commentary on far-reaching, sometimes hard-hitting news events or policies that affect the LGBTQ community. Lately, the subjects have been heavy — often touching on various assaults on the community such as the transgender military ban, conversion therapy, countries where being gay is punishable by death

Sometimes it’s worth touting positive LGBTQ news, even if it’s a little light.

That brings us to “American Idol” contestant Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon.

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