Hi there. Just wanted to write in to your paper regarding the article: “Why Is Gay an Insult in the First Place?” on Thursday, March 4.
What a great article it was. As two gay men recently visiting Montrose and Telluride, from London, U.K., we found it inspiring that such an article had been printed in the first place. We are very fortunate living in a cosmopolitan city such as London, but have sadly faced prejudice ourselves, even there, where it is generally accepted to be openly gay. We think it is extremely important that the young generation are educated that it is OK to be gay and it is not OK to use gay as a term of insult, which again sadly is used all too much across the world.
The story of “The Old Cherokee” was such a poignant and inspiring story, and one that we will be telling back in the U.K., as it is something that everyone should hear. Sadly, we lost a friend to a gay hate crime only a few months ago. A 60-year-old man, he was attacked in central London by two teenage girls, and lost his life due to the severity of the injuries he sustained. Gay hate crimes are on the rise in London and articles such as yours need to be published more for the young (and old) to learn that it is not right to take another human being’s life just because they have a different preference in their sex life.
So, well done on the article. The world needs more of this.
– Rik Anderson and Baz Douglas, London, U.K.