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This month's Community Conversation, talking about local reactions to the mass shooting in Orlando, is as notable for who's NOT on the air as for who is.  Several people we contacted didn't dare do an interview, even anonymously, for fear they'd be outed, threatened or hurt as a result.  A year after same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota ... have we continued to move forward?  Or back?

Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson is 55.

In his lifetime, he's had to hide and deny being gay, come out, live through "don't ask; don't tell," see marriage for him become legal in Minnesota and, as of Friday, see it become the law in all 50 states.

What's it like to move from a place of worry or actual fear ... to a place where you can, perhaps, trust the society around you?