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Bolthouse off the mark with advice on gays

Barbara B. BondSummit Cove

As a physician, William Bolthouse of Breckenridge (SDN, Nov. 27) should stop trying to give a negative “legal” opinion on adding sexual orientation to Breckenridge’s equal opportunity ordinance.He also quotes “facts” about the success of homosexuals in achieving high levels of income, employment, educational achievement and home ownership, among other commendable attributes.Since when are all gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people openly known? Many that I know would not qualify as being highly successful in those aspects of life.Often, only those people who feel secure in their life are willing to reveal their sexual orientation. As a co-founder of our local PFLAG chapter (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) in 1994, and as chapter president for six years, I have known and counseled many people over the years who are or were burdened by the discrimination of the larger society. Gradually the status of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals (GLBT) in Summit County has improved, but we still do not fully treat them with respect and dignity.One young man from New York City called to report being evicted by a landlady who wrongly suspected that he was gay. I had to inform him that she was within her rights.No wonder many GLBT’s hesitate to come out fully until they have a secure place in life here in Summit County. I applaud all those individuals who have helped make this county a more welcoming place for all peoples. I hope that Breckenridge does the right thing and passes this ordinance at its second reading. As I remind the health class students every year, some of you will have gay children. Make the world a better place for them.


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