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CNN Dialogues Tackles Tough LGBT Topics

CNN hosts LGBT forum at Grady High School. Has increased openness led to more acceptance or vice-versa?

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 , but also interviewing its panelists - CNN and ESPN contributor LZ Granderson and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir.

(See my previous interview with the forum's moderator, HLN anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell).

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, 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?

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Amy Wenk December 15, 2011 at 05:04 PM
How interesting! Victor Voronov was my classmate at Roswell High.

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