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Words can hurt

May 28, 2011

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To the editor:

Recently, there have been two reports cited in the Journal-World, if juxtaposed, that say something about the tension and, sometimes, confusion, about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals. On the one hand, there was a report from a Gallup poll done on May 23 that showed for the first time that a majority of those polled said that marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized as valid by the law with the same rights and traditional marriages (53 percent to 45 percent). In 1996, the same kind of polling from Gallup found 68 percent saying that such marriages should not be valid.

Later, it was reported that the pro basketball player Joakim Noah, frustrated by the taunting of a fan, turned to him and bellowed an anti-gay slur. Given what little I know about him (as a public figure) I don’t think that Noah is prejudiced. That isn’t the point, anyway. The point is how easy it is for anti-gay remarks to come tripping off the tongue in a moment of anger or frustration.

As a former faculty adviser to GLBT student groups on two campuses, I can tell you that these kinds of comments, no matter what provoked them, hurt and cause a variety of anguished feelings, including for a few, a tragic kind of self-loathing. For many of these students, just beginning to come to terms with their sexual orientation, such comments can really sting, and they throw an unnecessary monkey wrench into the process of self-development and self-acceptance.

Comments

Loretta James 2 years, 10 months ago

rtwngr

is your life so boring you have nothing better to do than talk trash are they bothering you if not leave them alone besides god will be their judge not you thank god. my grandson is gay i love him no matter what his life his business.

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mr_right_wing 2 years, 10 months ago

"Love the sinner, hate the sin."

If I truely am going to 'love the sinner' (of which the Bible says each and every one of us are; especially ME) I'm not going to be calling hurtful names; if I do, I'm not a good testimony as a "Christian" AND I'm just as bad as Fred Phelps and his circus of idiots.

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begin60 2 years, 10 months ago

Enlightened Larryville Libs must be mythical creatures. I myself have not been lucky enough to meet any. In fact, people in KS have been raised to be extremely aggressive and to have no reservations about approaching complete strangers and getting up in their business in offensively personal ways, including ways that involve unconscious, if not actually intentional,discriminatory harassment on the basis of perceived/actual protected identity. This hardly represents liberal politics or even decent respect for equal rights. It's threatening and offensive and involves unwanted and inhibiting attention.

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sr80 2 years, 10 months ago

I am sure that israel will give the GLBT a little section of land. When are you leaving ??

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rtwngr 2 years, 10 months ago

So, what you are admitting is that they have psychological issues because of their inherent guilt for living a sexually deviant lifestyle. A lifestyle they know is wrong but the liberal left continues to perpetuate as socially acceptable and within the norms of natural law.

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