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Through The Eyes of Women: "The Tolerance Trap"

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 In her new book “The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality,” Walters analyzes the journey toward “full citizenship” for gay people with equal parts hope and cynicism. Her message, that while society and government are making exciting, incremental steps toward real progress, “we’re not ‘there’ yet.”

 
Contrasting the slow but steady, frequently grudging acceptance of gay marriage and rights across the U.S. with the high rates of gay youth suicide and public opinion polls in which more than half the respondents deem homosexual sex “always wrong,” Walters remains curiously positive and upbeat as she patiently explains that if we want to live in a world where all humans are treated like actual humans, we still have work to do.Keep your tolerance, Suzanna Walters doesn’t need it. Tolerance, by definition, is the act of enduring something unpleasant without adverse reaction, and Walters is making the case that the LGBT community deserves much better than that. 

[This program originally aired July 14th, 2014]

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