I am a proponent of free speech, but this letter from Dell Krauchi [Call me anti-gay not homophobic, Aug. 13, The TIMES], in which he writes “I simply put the gay community and those with so-called gender-disorders in the same category as I would rapists and child pornographers” can only be described as promoting hate, prejudice, and intolerance towards gay, lesbian, transgendered and other people who have been fighting for decades to have the same human rights, safety, and dignity as others in society.
Krauchi proves the point that opinions are like @$$^%!#$, everyone has them.
He should also get his facts straight before writing about topics he clearly knows nothing about.
Homosexuality has not been considered a “gender disorder” for decades and was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-II) in 1973. Forensic profiling of pedophiles also quite clearly identifies heterosexual males as the most common type of child sexual abuser.
A civil society does not condone this kind of mentality, nor does it give it any airtime.
These hateful and harmful comments clearly illustrate that the struggle for respect, equality, and to be viewed like any other citizen is still being fought.
Fortunately, dinosaurs like Krauchi are dying off and their antiquated bigotry goes with them as new generations grow up believing and knowing that love, acceptance, and equality are cultural values that are meant for everyone in our society.
Tracey Young, Vancouver
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