You do not have it so bad. The dead just sigh, shake their ghostly heads. "You think you got problems? Player, please."
The citizens of all bygone eras would like you to know: There has never been a better time to be gay, lesbian, black, a sexually awake female, independent minded, free thinking, kinky, weird, unique, artsy, progressive, open minded, curious, a little feral, a lot sly and winking and ready for what's next.
Conversely, there has never been a worse time to be uptight, clenched, fearful of change and gay rights and alternative thinking, hating on all the kinds of progress that are right now doing nothing but accelerating and mutating so fast no one can really keep track anymore.
And the remarkable news is, this basic equation? It never really changes. Conservatives resist flow. Progressives embrace it. Nevertheless, flow happens.
And this is the message from those long passed: Fear not the ignorant and the sexually repressed, the homophobic and the religiously paranoid. There will always be conservatives puling against change, pushing back against the inevitable, thinking things would be somehow so much better if we could just go back to a more God-fearing, well-armed, heterosexual time that never actually existed.
In the words of Steve Martin's song, "Memories of a time that never was became the good old days".