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Hall of shame.

Letter to the Editor

Couldn't pass up the chance to respond to Fred Kuhr's piece ["A Particularly Vicious Kind of Hypocrisy," July 5] by adding my insight as a member of the pioneer generation who paid my activist dues in the early years in Sacramento. We can add Mayor James West and all the other names that Kuhr mentions to that odious list of likeminded people such as Terry Dolan (who invented PACs) and Roy Cohn (Sen. Joe McCarthy's lackey) and even J. Edgar Hoover, all of whom must have thought their "tracks were covered" by being such rabid attack dogs to our overall liberation.

But there's a much longer list of well-knowns who did us no favors either. The likes of Liberace, Paul Lynde, and Rock Hudson, to name but three, who Hill live in infamy for their duplicity to themselves and their refusal to be of any assistance during the early years when many among us were doing the "heavy lifting" and literally placing ourselves in harm's way in many instances.

I have unending admiration for people like Rudy Galindo and Martina Navratilova who decided, as I did so many years ago, to be true to themselves.

NORVELL TOM GILES San Diego, Calif.
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Author:Giles, Norvell Tom
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Aug 16, 2005
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