I have a few e-mails since I'm from the same area and people are wondering what I think.
First of all, thank you. It's been far too long since anyone told me they cared what I thought. You made my day with those e-mails.
Second, I'm not surprised by the news.
This is my opinion, remember. He may be innocent. He's certainly innocent until proven guilty.
But everyone in the area knew unless they were being willfully blind. It was obvious the way he stared at men, it was obvious, it was just obvious and you had to work hard not to know. People whispered about it all the time. One of the reasons some didn't speak out about Coretta Scott King -- who was for equality including for LGBT -- being laid to rest there was people thought MLK's homophobic daughter Bernice King 'finally got a man.' (Rumors run rampant about the homophobe Bernice.) She spat on her mother with that service. If your parent passes away and they believe in something very strongly (as Coretta believed in equality) you don't put them at a church that is against what they believe.
Some thought Bernice was trying to hide her own sexuality, some thought that Bernice was having a to-do with Eddie, some just thought it was more evidence of how she used her mother.
But in Atlanta, anyone claiming that the news this week is surprising or shocking? They're lying or they've refused to listen because it's been the talk of Atlanta through at least two Olympic competitions (meaning it's over 8 years old now).
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):