Joy Reid has issued what I would call a genuine, heartfelt and nuancd apology for any offensive posts she may — or may not — have written. I think her owning of the stuff she knows she wrote (including transphobic sentiments that I would be willing to bet nearly every gay man I know has also thought and said in the past) and her contextualizing of her past failings is, more than anything, moving.
People change. She clearly has. Long before these posts were rooted out of the past, where they belonged, by an anonymous person angry with her for criticizing Bernie Sanders, she had already shown her sensitivity to progressive issues. In short, she is not a closet homophobe, but — like most of the straight people you'll ever meet (and quite a few of the gay ones) — is a former homophobe.
I would not hesitate to support her. I don't find anything about her disingenuous, and I don't believe or one minute she is currently anti-gay or anti-trans.
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