Letter: Knowledge of orientation is serious
Re: ‘Some things should really just stay personal’ (Metro, June 13-16)
To reader C.M. Parns: If you had read the article [“I’m proud of who I am,” Metro, June 10], you’d see exactly why it’s important for people like Jennifer Lydon to “inform” us that transgendered people exist. When Lydon was 11, she read a similar piece about Renee Richards and realized she wasn’t alone in the world. That article changed her life. Very likely there are young people today who have been given hope from Lydon’s piece.
And as for his complaint about why people have to “announce” they’re gay, it’s no different than Kim and Kanye or Selena and Justin “announcing” they’re straight. To a gay teen with few role models, it certainly is “that damn serious.” Parns is the one who needs to get over himself. What he considers intrusive is really just the reporting of reality.
Richard Feinberg, via email