Volume 92, Issue 30

Wednesday, October 28, 1998

hot air


The hovering disease

Re: Wasting my student fees, Oct. 23

To the Editor:

I have a message for Mr. O'Neil of the Canadian Family Action Coalition. Last week he had a letter published in The Gazette about his concept of an "unhealthy lifestyle" (homosexuality). Apparently it is his contention that homosexuality has been finally determined to be some kind of disease that is dangerous and contagious. Close all doors and windows, set up new age leper colonies, according to Patrick, "the gays are coming."

If he could stop his terror stricken flight for just a moment, it would be my pleasure to educate him as to what is and what is not healthy. So come and sit on the carpet Patrick, the Pride Parade missed you and it is now safe to come out (no pun intended) and learn something.

Bigotry is unhealthy. The blind and fanatic following of a dogma that slanders others is just not a healthy lifestyle. Fear is unhealthy. Taking shots at a whole group of people because you are afraid of what they do in the privacy of their own bedrooms is something you might want to see your doctor about. Being proud of who you are is healthy. Members of a marginalized community taking pride in who they are and not being afraid to tell others about it is a good thing.

I'm afraid Patrick that your concept of "those crazy kids with their long hair and their rock and roll" smoking some kind of "gay" drug is just not accurate.

I don't know if your reference to health is one concerning HIV or AIDS. If it is, then here are two newsflashes: NOT ALL HOMOSEXUALS HAVE AIDS and NOT EVERYONE WHO HAS AIDS IS A HOMOSEXUAL. If that was not what you meant by the statement "this unhealthy lifestyle" then I defy you or anyone else to tell me why two people who are attracted to each other have to have sex the way you want them to or they make you sick in some way.

Go do your bible thumping somewhere else.

Jon Ruby


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