Stu Rasmussen obituary
First openly transgender mayor in America who became the subject of protests and counterprotests and inspired a musical
OK, and small town America handles it all very well indeed:
Then, three weeks later, members of the Westboro Baptist Church, an aggressively homophobic hate group based in Topeka, Kansas, arrived in Silverton to “speak some words of truth to this 60-year-old pervert”. The locals were having none of it. Two hundred of them staged a counterprotest. Some of the men dressed in women’s clothes to show solidarity with Rasmussen. Others waved placards proclaiming “Not In Our Town”, “Stu Rocks” and “Jesus Loves Stu”. They drove the intruders out.
Thing is, I know the name of that town. Think I’m right in this, that’s where the Mack Fontana novels are set. Fire chief who ends up having detectoring adventures.
The mayor, a major character, is a tough blonde broad who ends up bedding, at one time or another, near all the male characters except the hero.
But what fun to find out that reality is so much more interesting than a mere novel?