I disagree with letter writer Mark Shyman that the “in your face” gay behavior should not be permitted or encouraged. I would like to think, as a gay man, I can walk in public and hold my boyfriend’s hand, give him a hug or a quick kiss on the lips. For a straight couple, this is acceptable. However, I risk stares, profane remarks or physical harm if I do this in all but a few public places.
This isn’t equal treatment or equal rights. It is amazing that people can view all forms of social violence in the media, yet expressions of love and caring for another are somehow seen as offensive. Civil rights apply to all equally.
Bill Dewald, Coral Gables
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