Leading by example.Congratulations to Travis Shumake and the other "Future Gay Leaders" profiled ["Look Out, World--Here We Come!" June 21] for their wonderful achievements and positive attitude.
I wonder, however, how much of Travis's confidence about himself and his sexuality stems from his all-American good looks. Society, particularly gay society, equates good looks with value and treats people accordingly. The Advocate only reinforces this with five large photos (including the cover) of Travis in "supermodel" poses, while relegating the others featured to smaller, fewer, less showy show·y
adj. show·i·er, show·i·est
1. Making an imposing or aesthetically pleasing display; striking: showy flowers.
2. photos. The author, of course, points out that Travis has a 'toned body."
For those who feel rejection from the straight world because of their sexuality only to be dismissed by the gay world because of their "lesser" looks, self-confidence can take nearly a lifetime to achieve. Please don't make it harder by bombarding Bombarding is the process of 'pumping' a Cold Cathode Lighting tube (otherwise called Neon Signs). Information
A detailed process of bombarding can be found here, Bombarding. your readership read·er·ship
1. The readers of a publication considered as a group.
2. Chiefly British The office of a reader at a university. with pictures and stories about how the "beautiful people" seem to get through life with little struggle.
CHAD GHOSH Brooklyn, N.Y.
One has to wonder about the judgment of a gay magazine board that picks as one of its "future gay leaders" a young man who not only thinks one can be conditioned into being gay but also thinks that the physical expression of gay sexuality is a sin needing forgiveness Forgiveness
is forgiven by the Virgin Mary for ill-considered suicide. [Ital. Opera: Puccini, Suor Angelica, Westerman, 364]
Bishop of Digne . I guess his quote wherein where·in
In what way; how: Wherein have we sinned?
1. In which location; where: the country wherein those people live.
2. he says he wants "to be gay, but I want to be normal" sums up his mind-set best. Funny, I never considered them mutually exclusive Adj. 1. mutually exclusive - unable to be both true at the same time
incompatible - not compatible; "incompatible personalities"; "incompatible colors" terms. Hopefully, with a few more years of life under his belt or some therapy for his all too obvious guilt issues, Travis will mature enough to perhaps be a model for younger gays. Not now, though.
LOUIS GONNELLA via the Internet
I was very impressed im·press 1
tr.v. im·pressed, im·press·ing, im·press·es
1. To affect strongly, often favorably: with Travis Shumake's story. Finally, someone is brave enough to bring a different point of view to the highly volatile subject that being gay is a sin. First of all, people have a choice whether to believe in a religion of any kind. If you choose to believe in the idea of sinning, you must not be hypocritical hyp·o·crit·i·cal
1. Characterized by hypocrisy: hypocritical praise.
2. Being a hypocrite: a hypocritical rogue. . I was also raised in a Baptist church and taught that homosexuality is a sin, just like stealing $5 from my mom's purse is a sin. If you are gay and a believer in any religion that follows the teachings of the Bible, who are you to decide which sins apply to you and which do not? Travis has chosen to embrace his religion and still be a proud gay man asking forgiveness for this sin as well as the countless others that he, like us, commit on a daily basis. Travis will be a great future gay leader for posing the hard questions, for speaking his mind, and for not taking the same cookie-cutter gay stance on every issue that we all seem forced into for fear of not being "gay" enough.
HEATHER LeVAY Phoenix, Ariz.