Moser Protests Too Much

RECEIVED Wed., Aug. 27, 2003

Methinks thou dost protest too much, Sir Moser ["After a Fashion," Aug. 22]!
   From my side of the fence, I have never noted by any means a plethora of openly hostile individuals here in Austin who even would dream of mustering up enough energy to try to run around and flog (if you will) people who choose to be gay and sometimes do so in very "in your face ways." I have had a very colorful array of gay friends, some who earn my respect by doing something as simple as holding hands (gasp!) in public, and others for climbing atop heels so high that all I can say is go on with your bad, beautiful self as they sashay the night away. I was faithfully told that fashion came before comfort, la-da-da, la-da-da, to no avail. Now I stay home and soak my feet. But if I may voice my opinion on the subject of "it seems so popular to be gay again," as you stated last issue, I just don't buy it. People have always been enthralled and curious about people who stand out in the crowd, and they like to get the longest look they can, and it is, I think, just something that simple. I say that you are actually asking to be put into a whole separate group, when all along gay people have supposedly been asking for equality. You are seeing the new shows on the telly because stations are warring to produce the most "reality based" shows, which include any form of sexuality imaginable (which puts them about 10,000 years too late in giving the viewer the big whoop-de-doo). I say if you want to be Stephen MacMillan Moser, be him, and don't rest on the old laurels – gay is no more special than straight is, so no princess points for you, mister! Oh, p.s., gay people have always owned the television networks.
Lynn Alexander
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