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Old 05-13-2009, 04:54 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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How many of you have seen the movie 'Boys Don't Cry' (quite inaccurate) or know anything about the case? Some who are rather ignorant might think there are a lot of those type of people in Nebraska. Anyway, I'm just wondering if most everyone knows about the case, and if they've experienced any similar attitudes in the smaller cities and towns and rural areas of Nebraska.
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Downtown Omaha
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I have family that knows the people in real life. I've probably even seen some of them at some point so I'm very familiar with what happened. I actually think that's a very fair portrayal of how people are in that part of Nebraska towards gays. I stopped visiting my family in Auburn because I didn't feel comfortable going down there. I was actually with my grandmother in Humboldt late one night and we stopped at a gas station for snacks. It was getting close to 1am and there was a group of people ranging from teens to older men just hanging out in front of the gas station with a bunch of Confederate flags on their cars. One of the older guys even had some neo-nazi patch on their jacket.

Now is everyone in SE Nebraska like that? No, but in my experience it's not been far off the mark.
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Here
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I'm familiar with the story. I would say there are a lot of people who personally do not approve of LGBT people in general. I ahve not seen too many that would be openly hostile, although I know they are out there. I don't know what it's really like other places since this is the only place I've lived. I try to do my part and when I hear people saying things taht are bigoted or cruel I try to tell them that won;t fly with me. Then they at least know that it won't be cool around me and hopefully will be less likely to throw that stuff around so freely.
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Old 05-13-2009, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Omaha
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I have family that knows the people in real life. I've probably even seen some of them at some point so I'm very familiar with what happened. I actually think that's a very fair portrayal of how people are in that part of Nebraska towards gays. I stopped visiting my family in Auburn because I didn't feel comfortable going down there. I was actually with my grandmother in Humboldt late one night and we stopped at a gas station for snacks. It was getting close to 1am and there was a group of people ranging from teens to older men just hanging out in front of the gas station with a bunch of Confederate flags on their cars. One of the older guys even had some neo-nazi patch on their jacket.

Now is everyone in SE Nebraska like that? No, but in my experience it's not been far off the mark.
Gotta love the necks! (The stupid ones)
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Old 05-13-2009, 01:29 PM
 
Location: South Coast of Nebraska
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As is true, in other areas, our younger people are increasingly diverse in ethnicity and more experienced with people who are different from themselves and their family. Thank you to technology and mobility and education.

My friends, who are gay, have a very, bad memory of remarks and attitudes from smart alec kids and sheltered adults, in our small town. But, I find that, more recently, when they visit friends and family, here, they are pleasantly surprised to encounter a lot more tolerance.

For one thing, LOL, you know 'what goes around, comes around,' and just as you get judgemental about your neighbor's kids, your own come home with a story. I've seen that happen more than once (i.e. Dick Cheney might want to comment. :-)

We're not so bad. Like I said, "We all have a history and kind of hope the town overlooks our differences in exchange for our liking them, no matter what."

Anyway, for my little Nebraska town, the attitude towards gays is pretty much "huh?wha'd you say?? Oh yeh. I knew that. And, so-o?" I wouldn't say that's 100% as there are still a lot of oldies around who can't get over the "Leave it to Beaver" world. (Do you think they all slept in twin beds???? :-)
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Old 05-13-2009, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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There are a few bad apples in S.E. Nebraska for sure. Lotter, Nissan(sic?) and Michael Ryan (Rulo, NE) all lived in the area. Unusual to have so many high profile murders in a sparsely populated area. The area has attracted a fewwhackos over the years because of the cheap land and several communes that have located in the area. Most of the people are Salt of the Earth but there are a few exceptions.

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Old 03-07-2011, 07:55 AM
 
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I was actually with my grandmother in Humboldt late one night and we stopped at a gas station for snacks. It was getting close to 1am and there was a group of people ranging from teens to older men just hanging out in front of the gas station with a bunch of Confederate flags on their cars. One of the older guys even had some neo-nazi patch on their jacket.

Now is everyone in SE Nebraska like that? No, but in my experience it's not been far off the mark.
Sorry about replying to an old thread, but living in and around Humboldt my whole life, I can tell you that there has NEVER been a gas station or conveinence store in Humboldt that is open past 10 P.M. So your claim about all this happening at around 1 A.M. when you were there for snacks is obviously made up B.S. Nice try at attempting to paint everyone in this area as a bunch of biggots with a made up story.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Northeast NE
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And he had grandma out at 1:00 AM
Well maybe she is a young grandma.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Rock Springs WY
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Sorry about replying to an old thread, but living in and around Humboldt my whole life, I can tell you that there has NEVER been a gas station or conveinence store in Humboldt that is open past 10 P.M. So your claim about all this happening at around 1 A.M. when you were there for snacks is obviously made up B.S. Nice try at attempting to paint everyone in this area as a bunch of biggots with a made up story.
Thanks for pointing that out, I knew there was something that was bugging me about that comment. Well other than the inference that a confederate flag not only means someone is racist(whatever!) but that it now means they're anti-gay too. Good grief!
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Old 03-15-2011, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Downtown Omaha
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Yes. my grandmother is younger, she's only 61 as of two months ago. I'm not making anything up and don't feel the need to either. I'm glad my grandmother finally decided to move up to Omaha and leave all of that backwardness behind.
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