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Anti-homosexual stand encourages oppression

In response to junior Gregory S. Richardson's letter ["GAMIT should accept the views of anti-homosexuals," March 6], I would like to say I whole-heartedly agree that any individual has a right to choose his/her own morality and to hold any opinion that might arise from that morality. GAMIT has never said anything to the contrary nor would I support it if it had. However, what must be condemned are the hurtful consequences of expressing and enforcing certain "moralities" whose basic premise is the condemnation of other groups that do not fit within their ideology.

GAMIT is not denouncing the right to be homophobic, but is affirming the right to be gay and will always struggle to keep those who are homophobic from harming our community and encouraging bias and ignorance in others. Richardson feels that "such accusations cannot be reconciled to an ideology that espouses the celebration of diversity as a virtue," but his logic falls short. If he truly does not condemn or support hatred toward any community, he has a right to his views. However, saying that<>

GAMIT is in violation of it's own "motto" is nonsensical.

By denouncing racism, homophobia, sexism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of prejudice -- whether they be on the grounds of morality, biology, religion, or personal belief -- we are working to create an environment where everyone can BGLAD they are themselves without fearing persecution from the moral majority. Richardson's morality is one where judgment is passed on a group which is promptly labeled as "unacceptable."

GAMIT does not condemn Richardson for not being able to accept homosexuality, but does condemn the results that his oppressive mode of thought encourages. He does not seem to realize the ramifications of holding such a "morality" and how it infringes upon the rights of others when they are forced to conform to his way of thought in contrast to their "celebration of diversity."

It is because of this moral and societal condemnation that 40-50 percent of all gay teenagers try to kill themselves; it is because of this morality that gays and lesbians are seven times more likely to be beaten and killed every year as victims of hate crimes; it is because of this morality that the church forbids safe-sex education and inadvertently causes thousands of AIDS deaths; and it is because of this morality that we are unable to choose who we can love.

Everyone does have the freedom to an opinion and to respond, but not when that opinion or response wrongly harms others simply because of who they are. Even though Mr. Richardson may not personally act from his prejudice, his support of such views does encourage those who take their hatred further.

Jason Satterfield '90->

General Coordinator->