It is good to hear of the increasing number of girls in public in your area. IMHO, acceptance on a national level is increasing, and I particularly note that here in Atlanta, during my time out in public. Acceptance could very well be the key to giving more CDs the needed confidence to taking that first step out the door.
I was at an arts festival last weekend in what used to be a very conservative city just ten years ago. I was readily accepted and greeted wherever I went at the festival, whether is was by local businesses or representatives of the city!
This past week here in my home town I got my first pedicure of the season. No sooner did I sit down then the lady in the adjacent chair started chatting with me about girl stuff. How validating, and it did send me into the Pink Fog! Just another example of acceptance.
OTOH, I very rarely see other CDs out in public here in Atlanta, but I do believe the cause of that is geography. Metropolitan Atlanta consists of 28 counties, a huge area, which greatly reduces the chance of crossing paths with another girl. A place I do cross paths with other girls on a weekly basis is at our weekly support meeting for the Atlanta Girls Group.