Volume 90, Issue 95

Tuesday, March 25, 1997



Homophobic cartoon just a joke

Re: Gazette Comics, March 14

To the Editor:

I'm writing to comment on the comic that appeared in the March 14 edition of The Gazette depicting a cow in leather with the caption "Homogenized."

The question that immediately came to mind was: I wonder what the reaction would be from the student body if a comic appeared depicting blacks or Jews in a derogatory manner? I'm sure there would be outrage.

Why is it that racism or anti-semitism is not tolerated, while prejudicial remarks or jokes against gays are? Homophobia and the perpetuation of these stereotypes are just as damaging as other forms of prejudice.

As a facilitator of a youth group for gay, lesbian and bisexual teens and young adults (P.A.Y.S.O., Positivity About Youth's Sexual Identity), I see the results of the damage that these ridiculous stereotypes cause.

Homophobia is based on mis-information, myths and stereotypes that cause fear and hatred. Just as racism is not tolerated, neither should homophobia.

Shame on you Gazette!

Joanne Vaclavek
Facilitator of P.A.Y.S.O.

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