Well, we talk about bullying a lot in this country as if it's something that's generated in schoolyards, but in fact it's generated in churches, and by politicians—by parents, even, who don't even consider the fact that their own children might be gay. So when something like this comes from the top, from the very top, it's gonna filter down. It can't help but filter down.
We can certainly hope it will. Maupin also touches on his relationship with a conservative, Republican-voting brother in North Carolina.◼