In Jersey, being out and gay could mean a beer bottle thrown at your head. I'd had Chasids throw rocks though my window in Crown Heights just for wearing Levi's. I didn't want to think about what they might throw if they knew the woman visiting me was my lover.
Today, the situation in Egypt is not so dissimilar to that of October 6, 1981 at 1 pm. Back then, Mubarak was vice president and Anwar Sadat was president. Now, nearly 30 years later, it's Mubarak's turn.