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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Fred Sainz
It was an eventful weekend: A gay football player kissed his boyfriend on national TV after being drafted by the NFL; gay marriage arrived in the Bible Belt; a bearded transvestite won one of the biggest TV song competitions in the world.
Was it a proud revelation, or an impassioned case for privacy? A coming-out speech, or a why-SHOULD-I-come-out speech? Too little and too late, or just enough?
Pioneering astronaut Sally Ride, who relished privacy as much as she did adventure, chose an appropriately discreet manner of coming out.
"It was a moment that was 45 years in the making," said Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, referring back to the Stonewall riots of 1969 that launched the modern gay rights movement.
The beard was in some ways a showbiz gimmick, Sainz said.