Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Gay Ole South

Some significant insight about the New New South in Census data just released, to wit:
...child rearing among same-sex couples is more common in the South than in any other region of the country....

Say whaaa?

Jacksonville, Fla., is, like, Ground Zero for gay parents raising children, not only in the South but also in the whole country.

And this:
...the families in this region defy the stereotype of a mainstream gay America that is white, affluent, urban and living in the Northeast or on the West Coast....

Black or Latino gay couples are twice as likely as whites to be raising children .... They are also more likely than their white counterparts to be struggling economically.

Experts offer theories for the pattern. A large number of gay couples, possibly a majority, entered into their current relationship after first having children with partners in heterosexual relationships .... That seemed to be the case for many blacks and Latinos in Jacksonville, for whom church disapproval weighed heavily

I guess I am in the land of cotton,
Old times there are best forgotten,
Look away, look away, look away, Dixie Land.

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