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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Won't be silenced on gay issues

Thursday, February 28, 2002

I have been confronted with vicious hatred and violence because I am an "out" gay man.

I was confronted with this violence and hatred in high school, college and other situations in which I was "protected" by civil laws. Stating that we don't need to bring it up constitutes the obvious need that we do.

Silence does not equal agreement, however, because of ignorance and fear of homosexuals (homophobia) the violence against gays and lesbians because they have spoken out against these critical matters is exactly why many gays remain silent.

I will not be silenced, and my children would not be subjected to a school in which their father is obviously not welcomed. As for moral codes, I believe that not including this would be violating moral codes as well as ethical codes.

Zachary Niebuhr,

Buena Vista University

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