I mean literally, like practically in my own backyard.
This Saturday, North Brunswick Township High School, which I attended here in central New Jersey, will be presenting a performance of "The Laramie Project". The Westboro Baptist Church has announced they will be there to protest the performance. They won't be the only ones showing up though.
When I attended NBTHS in the 70's, I wasn't ready to come out. Even if I had been, though, the social and cultural mores of the time made such a choice extremely dangerous in any number of ways. Despite that, I still dealt with plenty of bullying until I began fighting back and winning. It had nothing to do with being transgender per se (I had no real concept of such an identity or that it could apply to me at that point nor did anyone else), but it had everything to do with a society and culture that exacted a steep price for failing to conform, particularly in certain ways.
Needless to say, a lot has changed in the last thirty years or so. The NBTHS building still looks like a UFO that's just landed, but just about everything else has changed. When I attended, the student body was as white as driven snow with just one exception and the town itself was much the same. Now North Brunswick boasts a much more diverse population than it used to and that diversity is reflected in NBTHS's current student body. Coming out LGBT is no longer the terrifying prospect it once was here.