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Digger: I’m Gay, And I’m Welcome @ HBO

Digger (re: Don Imus "award"): DFO has never attacked me, and I'm gay. In fact, he welcomed me to the table at Blogfest 07. Hmmm... something smells funny.

DFO: You're not the only gay who checks in here regularly, Digger. Not only are you all welcome, but you add to the interesting mix that Huckleberries Online has become. When I started HBO in mid-February 2004, I envisioned it becoming a regional online center for conservative commentary and discussion. But the flame wars and intense, personal discussions I've had with such a wide variety of people here has fundamentally changed my outlook. I realize that most of us agree on most important things -- what we want out of life, what we want for our kids, what we want for our communities. Most of us are pretty decent people. Basically likable. We simply approach life from different filters. HBO has freed me to simply enjoy people, even when we disagree online. I also notice that some of you have learned to like and respect others here that you wouldn't have before. The online columns by liberal TUBOB and conservative Alice Rankin here are the ultimate expression of what HBO has become. The ride keeps getting better. And there's room for more.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.