BRIAN K. BECKWITH Seattle, Wash.
What Jim West did is best categorized as despicable. However, Dan Savage's use of this event to launch a tirade against men who don't come out when he did, or at any certain age, is simply uncalled-for. The fact that other people are out, no matter how prominent, or in what large number, has very little to do with an individual's decision to do the same or not. Reasons for choosing a particular path in life are as varied as each individual.
DAVID SNEAD Washington, D.C.
I take issue with Savage's portrayal of Spokane. He says Spokane "is not an easy place for gays or African-Americans or Democrats or Jews or atheists to live." As a gay Jewish (sometimes atheistic) Democrat, I have lived happily in Spokane for almost a decade. Gays cannot be discriminated against in the workplace. And blacks and Hispanics make up a large part of our growing population. Mayor Jim West got more than he deserved. He is now unemployed, alone, and living with colon cancer. There is room for sympathy for him and, more important, room in Spokane for people of all colors, gay and straight alike.
IRA SCOTT STRONGIN Spokane, Wash.
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|Author:||Strongin, Ira Scott|
|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Letter to the Editor|
|Date:||Feb 28, 2006|
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