Are Gay People Free to be Themselves in Sandy Springs?

A Local Voices blog on gay women, posted over the weekend, prompted a reader send an objecting note to Sandy Springs Patch.


For some, tolerance comes naturally. For others it can be a process.

A Local Voices blog posted over the weekend titled, “,” by Carolyn Tucker, prompted a separate reader to email Sandy Springs Patch, objecting to the blog.

In part the sender wrote: “You may not know much about Sandy Springs but it is a very conservative part of the metro area with virtually no gay community. This was entirely out of place for a blog catering to Sandy Springs…”

I am happy, Carolyn Tucker, trusted Sandy Springs Patch enough to send us her blog post.

I replied to the reader that while I’m not aware of an organized gay community in Sandy Springs, surely there are gay folks among the nearly 100,000 residents. I personally know of gay people who live, work or patronize businesses in Sandy Springs.

Until I received the sender’s note, I did not conside the question: Are gay people free to be themselves in Sandy Springs?

Please take our poll and give us your opinion in the comments.

RM September 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Is Ms. Tucker living in a bubble? There are numerous gay people living and working in Sandy Springs.
RM September 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Carolyn Tucker is not living in this real world if she thinks that Sandy Springs (or any other community) does not have diversity such as gay people. How someone chooses to live their life should not be of concern for anyone else. Maybe she is not aware of gay people in Sandy Springs is because she bigoted enough to think that all gay people live up to her pre-conceived ideas of what a gay person is. The reality is that they are no different from the rest of us.
JamesMichael September 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Of course we're free to be who we are in Sandy Springs. The ChristoWhiner and her bible-blathering brethren are free as well... So let them clutch their ancient scrolls. Let them salivate over prophetic entrails, if they must. Let them sputter, and spurt, and slither, and hiss for all I care. Just stay out of my way.
Adrianne Murchison (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Readers, Carolyn Tucker wrote the blog post in support of the gay community. See http://patch.com/B-crr. She is not the sender of the email objecting to the blog post.
RM September 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Apologies to Ms. Tucker.
Carolyn Tucker MA, NCC, DCC, LPC September 11, 2012 at 12:52 PM
No problem, folks. I wrote the blog and am gratified to see support. I would like to see more feedback on how we in Atlanta view our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters who live among us.
David Stone September 11, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Carolyn Tucker is a brilliant and compassionate woman. She is a gifted therapist and I am happy to see her speak out about this issue. She has my full support.
JamesMichael September 11, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I should note, as well, that the whiny finger-wag who originally contacted Adrienne would have shown more courage had she posted her silly plaint directly under Ms. Tucker's post, rather than sneaking it in through the back door like some purse-lipped little weaselette. That's not what Jesus would have done.
Shannon Sheehan September 11, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I thought it was a great blog! The complainant obviously has a problem with gay people that I don't think is representative of Sandy Springs.
mel miller September 11, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Anyone that ACTUALLY read Ms. Tucker's article could never come away from it without seeing her knowledge, wisdom and compassion for a group of people that have been judged unfairly for far too long. If anything I see this article as a ray of hope for those struggling with this serious life issue. It seems more like a spring board of opportunity for those wishing to seek help to make that ever difficult first step. The response of the first reader/responder is exactly why coming out is so hard for many. Attack first, get the facts.. someday. While I do not live in Sandy Springs I would hope no community would want to be labels as so narrow minded. Open your eyes, and open your mind. I bet you will find out YOUR quality of live improves dramatically.
Shannon Sheehan September 11, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Just a suggestion, maybe you should delete this now that you know it was written in error? Or edit it to take Ms. Tucker's name out and instead address the anonymous complainer?
Drew Plant September 11, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Worth noting re: the poll at the end of the article - should read "sexual orientation," not "sexual preference."
Adrianne Murchison (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 07:08 PM
No harm intended, Drew. Orientation or preference is fine with me.


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