CNN has always been at the forefront of conversation, and last night was no exception.
I had the honor of not only attending the network's latest forum, CNN Dialogues: LGBT, at Grady High School, but also interviewing its panelists - CNN and ESPN contributor LZ Granderson and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir.
Tough topics included gay marriage, religion, bullying in schools, being out at work, bisexuality, transgender issues and more.
One Atlanta school board member wanted to know how to manage inclusiveness in schools. How do educators actually do this? And what if the student being bullied isn't out or is too young to know if he or she is gay?
The main topic of the forum was whether "increased openness led to more acceptance?" I'll be posting more from the forum along with my panelist interviews soon.
Audience members included CNN anchor Don Lemmon, Dwight Eubanks from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Outwrite Bookstore owner Philip Rafshoon, Atlanta Pride 2011 Grand Marshall Lynn Barfield, gay sex columnist Michael Alvear and Johnny Weir's new fiancé, Victor Voronov, who went to Emory.
What do you think?
Has increase openness in the gay community led to more acceptance or vice-versa?