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Re: “Inside Sen. Craig's closet

Dear Mr. Petrow,

I am approximately 4 years your senior. While you were being raised in Forest Hills, Queens, I was growing up in Flushing, Queens.

Fortunate to have a mother and a father who not only preached but practiced unconditional love, I came out to my parents when I was 12.

I came out to the balance of my family when I was 13. I came out to my friends and classmates commencing when I was 14 and thereafter.

I will not bore you with the story of my life as a human rights activist. Suffice to say I became the youngest member of the American Civil Liberties Union at the age of fifteen in 1967.

I co-authored first publication on Gay rights for the ACLU prior to the Stonewall Rebellion -- before organization took stand on GLBT equality.

Among other activities, I participated in the three days of protest following Stonewall.

I worked with Gay youth through Roman Catholic street mission known as Covenant House and am a co-founder of Senior Action in A Gay Environment.

I am the only male -- board member, staff member or weekly volunteer -- who supported the effort to change the name of NGTF to the National Gay AND LESBIAN Task Force as well as to seek a charter change for the purpose of allowing a woman to become sole (as opposed to co-) executive director.

From the start I volunteered at the Gay Men's Health Crisis as well as the AIDS Memorial Quilt. I co-founded United States government agency GLBT organization prior to Federal GLOBE.

I have participated in innumerable government meetings, community summits and organizational forums on the subject of GLBT rights.

I have often been the lone voice questioning the classism, racism, sexism, ablism and ageism within the so-called community for GLBT rights.

It is precisely on account of my having real sympathy for persons such as yourself as well as young GLBT today, that I have empathy for those such as Senator Larry Craig.

You may want to give some thought for the logical as well as emotional implications for yourself were we not to have empathy for Craig!

Why more deserving of our empathy would be others who cower like cowards in the closet as you might characterize them or yourself?

As a Gandhian non-violent resistant pacifist human rights activist in the tradition of Bayard Rustin, I do not feel the need to be selective when sympathizing with the pain of others.

Posted by AdmiralDupont on 10/17/2008 at 7:15 AM

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