Some in Miami gay community accept Hardaway's efforts

Updated: September 27, 2007, 9:03 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- The topic was finding ways to keep transgender children safe, and someone asked for volunteers to share an idea.

Tim Hardaway was the first to raise his hand.

"He was so genuine," said Martha Fugate, the director of the YES Institute, a children's advocacy group based in South Miami which hosted that discussion. "He gave the perfect answer."

Seven months ago, that simply wouldn't have happened.

Hardaway would have made a joke or said something hurtful, ...

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