39 thoughts on “Son comes out of the closet to his parents

      1. So, they’ve finally reached about half of the turnout of the 60+ group? Woo hoo! We’re number half! We’re number half!

        More seriously, I’m glad the trend is in the right direction. Nevertheless, the joke works precisely because they are the lowest voting age demographic of the population, and always have been.

            1. My memory isn’t perfect but I do know how to read a sentence and a chart. I said half the 60+ group and you replied with a chart that shows all age groups combined – refuting nothing.

              But please, continue to post data like this. Every graph you post will show the 18-20 group in the U.S. voting in lower numbers than any other age cohort in the U.S. as well as all cohorts combined (which is your graph). Because that is the reality.

              1. You seem intent on missing the point. Slurring Millennials as somehow having a worse voting record than previous generations is just wrong. Turnout among the young has always been much lower than among older people. So why say things like “An 18-20 year old millennial voting? Please.”?

          1. How does your graph prove your point? I see a pretty steady ~20% turnout deficit among 18-24yo throughout. The young have never voted like the older population. We can quibble about generational labels (Z, millenial, whatever and in fact some of them are fluid depending on who defines it) but they still don’t vote like other age groups.

            The Census Bureau’s latest shows 30.1% turnout in 2018 for 18-24yo. Not sure if you mis-typed or we’ve got a bit of apples and oranges going here as your text says 18-29 and your graph is 18-24.

      2. If they really get up there in %, then that would sure help this country a lot. I know they are busy, and some may think there is no use in voting. Not sure what else keeps them away.

        1. Republicans sell voting as ‘owning the libs’, hitting the same nerve that makes people expend energy on trolling people on social media, whereas Dems sell voting as a civic duty — not so much fun.

  1. When I was 18-20 I couldn’t vote. I had to wait for 21. I suspect this also true for many of you. If they only realized the power potential they have, we’d probably shudder in our boots. I suspect as they mellow more will vote.
    That’s what we did isn’t it? We mellowed or did we become the “silent majority” awaiting something.

    1. Bizarrely, due to a clerical mistake I was able to vote in the UK when I was only 17. As I understand it, those aged 16 and 17 were included on the electoral register together with the date of their 18th birthday. It seems this date was missing in my case and so I received my polling card. My vote made no difference to the outcome and the Conservatives won by a landslide giving Margaret Thatcher her first spell in 10 Downing Street.

    2. I’m with you. I turned 21 the year after JFK was the Democratic presidential nominee, so I couldn’t vote for him. I voted in every election thereafter, but I wasn’t very happy with the choices until Obama. Then we had a congress that stonewalled him. I definitely will vote this year and hope we can prevail.
      I also hope Biden and crew are working their tails off planning to hit the ground running to undo all (or as much as possible) of Trump’s and McConnell’s destruction of our Democracy.

  2. It’s tough enough having tRrumpsters in my extended family (wife’s side). If it was my daughter…I don’t know what I’d do. 😷

  3. I laughed out loud. (Oops… I meant LOL!) And yes, I’d be more disappointed if my daughter told me she was Republican than gay.

  4. I figured which way this was going. Still laughed.

    I’d be fine with a gay child. I would be very disappointed with a child of mine that voted for Trump.

  5. When I told my parents that I was gay, back in the early 1980’s, they booted me out of the house. Didn’t speak to them for over twenty years. When we did come to speak, I told them that I was also an atheist. Haven’t heard from them since.

    1. Sorry for your situation George. Such a needless reaction. I hope you didn’t pay a big price for their rebuff.

    2. I am so sorry. I would say I can’t imagine parents doing this to their children, but unfortunately I know it happens all too often. I never told my parents that I was an atheist, but I almost blew it by making a joke about hell at the dinner table. Very loud silence. You can’t be a good christian if you don’t believe in hell.

      I hope you have lots of good friends that take the place of your parents.

  6. See, I think I’d probably be a little bit like those parents if I decided to have a child. I would want to teach the child how to think critically about things like politics and religion and other things like that, so I’d feel like I somehow failed at that.

    Even as much as I understand that I should let that child be his/her own person and decide these things for themselves, I don’t know that if that time ever came that I could truly be better than that.

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