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Dumbledore is gay


Full disclosure: I have watched the movies, but have not read the Harry Potter books. I'm an avid reader... but there are just other books I want to read before Harry Potter! (I await vicious phone calls from HP friends, including the one who owns the HP hat, Legos set, 4 shirts and 2 afghans.)

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling revealed Friday that Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore is gay. My Harry Potter-reading friends think it's no big deal. As an educator, I personally think it's not a big deal, but a step in the right direction: to expose children to sexuality in a realistic and tolerant way. By realistic, I mean that Dumbledore's sexuality was merely fact and not the plot in a book that was focused on the children. In our own lives, our sexualities are fact, rather than the plot. By tolerant, I mean our children are learning, in subtle ways, that we should respect everyone, regardless of their sexuality.

Yesterday's BBC article wrote: "She said she regarded her novels as a 'prolonged argument for tolerance' and urged her fans to 'question authority'.

But she added that not everyone likes her work. Christian groups have alleged the books promote witchcraft. The author said her revelation about Dumbledore would give them one more reason."


Thanks for raising this important point and, in effect, taking a stand for tolerance. Many corporations, universities, and government agencies have already taken a stand to allow domestic partnership benefits for their employees, realizing that gay and lesbian employees work just as hard as others and deserve equal treatment. Just because some churches refuse to grant equal status to same-sex couples does not mean that the secular government should deny the right to share pensions, healthcare benefits, etc.

It has been forty years since the Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws in Loving versus Virginia, thus allowing the children of cross-race marriages to be treated as legally recognized. The same arguments used against same-sex marriage now were, unfortunately, used against cross-race marriage then.

I hope we won't have to wait forty more years for GLBT (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered) people to be accepted for who they are and granted the legal rights they deserve.

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