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GLAMOUR ELLA AND BEN

Dear Santa,

My father is Gay and raising my sister and me. He is very supportive, kind, and generous to us both and his parents are there whenever needed. We feel very lucky to have such loving people in our lives.

For Christmas last year my sister wanted a GLAMOUR ELLA DOLL with all the available accessories including clothing, shoes, tiaras, and furs. This year my sister requested an automobile, kitchen equipment, and GLAMOUR ELLA COSMETICS, everything except a purple toilet.

Last year I received a BEN DOLL for a laugh, but for some reason he almost looked like GLAMOUR ELLA. The toy companies must believe these dolls have to look alike physically. The BEN DOLL hadn't anything to make him look like a male, body hair, a penis, or any sense of masculinity. GLAMOUR ELLA looked weird below the breasts. Honestly except for their faces neither of the dolls had any semblance of real people.

Santa, please tell your suppliers of these dolls that children do grow up and it is normal for them to know that body parts are different in men and women and that a vagina or penis are with what we share personally not hidden or unrecognized. Sincerely,
Ronald Putts

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QUITTING UW OVER ARTICLE


I have just read the November 25th article by John Fay [in the UW Daily], and 100 of the posted comments that have been left on the UW newspaper's site. Everybody is entitled to their opinions and freedom of speech, which clearly has been demonstrated by this horrific article published in the UW paper. Everybody has a choice to react and respond to such articles. This is apparent by the 600 plus posted responses to his featured opinion piece. My reaction also is of shock, more of the poor choice in the graphics than the article itself. Nothing I say from this point is nothing that has already been heard or ignored.

But, as a Seattle native, and as an adult seeking to continue my education, the University of Washington is no longer my choice to attend classes. I have discontinued the use of my UW checks, have thrown away my UW baseball hat, will no longer cheer for the sports teams, and sadly avoid the drama and dance departments productions.

Bill Walters



Dear SGN

-It does seem that the idea of being gay is gaining much more acceptance here in America. However, it seems to me that many LGBT people are not taking big enough steps to let it be known that they are tired of being bullied, be it by ruffians who are looking for trouble, by bigoted politicians and clerics, or by society in general. As examples: how come many gay male couples will only hold hands in Capitol Hill? Why don't they hold hands down Market St. in Ballard, or along the shore of Seward Park, or along Coulon Beach Park in Renton, or in Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, or in Northgate Mall in North Seattle, or along the marina in downtown Kirkland, or around Sea-Tac Airport when they want to stroll together before sitting at the boarding area waiting for a flight? How come many gay couples do not freely mention "my boyfriend" or "my girlfriend" when having small talk with strangers, not just gay or known gay-friendly strangers, but ANY stranger, ANYWHERE?

In other words, is it not unfair for a gay person to have to watch who they bring up "my boyfriend" or "girlfriend" to? How come we don't hear of gay people complaining to straight people about how many of them take for granted the fact that they can hold their significant other's hand anywhere without fear of being harassed, attacked, or discriminated against in other ways? And why does it seem that many straight people do not realize that they are participating in privileges that many gay people cannot realistically participate in, for fear of harassment or violence or discrimination? How come no one is standing every Sunday morning outside Ken Hutcherson's Antioch Bible Church in Redmond and protesting his hateful sermons? How come someone in a university with a REPUTED liberal environment like UW got away with having an article about homosexuality likened to bestiality get published? How come there hasn't been massive marches the last couple of weekends to protest Prop 8?

I think that, ultimately, the LGBT community needs to do more to have its hurt and pain recognized, validated, and appreciated, and I can't help but think that one way it could do so is to "come out FARTHER". (This I actually remember seeing somewhere in San Francisco's LGBT paper, The Bay Area Reporter, but I can't remember which edition it was.)

Cherine



BEING GAY IN THE MILITARY

My name is Robaire Watson. It has been 15 years since "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" became law. Since that date in 1993 there have been a lot of stories in the media about former Gay military personnel who wanted to fight for their rights and others who were only looking for 15 minutes of fame. It's doubtful that any of those individuals can actually say they were openly Gay in the military.

I, on the other hand, was openly Gay in the military I have friends to back up my story.

In an effort to discount my views and experiences, other writers have suggested that, during my military career, I was simply better at "playing the game" than others and that Proposition 8 is more important than my story. None of these writers have ever worn a uniform and fought for this country; obviously their views on the subject are second-hand opinions while mine are from direct, personal experience.

I have a couple of questions that should trouble the Gay community: What has happened to the Gay community's heroes? Why would the Gay community look to a pop diva for heroism instead of a man who looked into the face of combat to secure their right to be free? What has happened to our priorities?

The United States has broken new ground by electing a black man to run this country and it's time for the Gay community to break some ground of its own. Let's not base our lives and community standards on a Caucasian male under 30 years old who is not representative of me, my friends and family or the Gay community as a whole. And let's face it: being Gay is not the new black.

I spent six years in the navy serving on the USS Kansas City and traveling around the world. I have never forced my sexual preference on anyone or blamed anyone for endorsing or rejecting "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." I truly base my theory of life on the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." We all need to understand that forcing one's ideas on others will not bring about change.

After dating four officers in various branches of the military who weren't allowed to be themselves and watching a marine officer end up on the cover of a Gay magazine endorsing pornography, I have to wonder: What does it take for a Gay military man to help other Gay men and women in the military "Be Who They Want To Be" while being the best that they can be?

We are never going to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" until people stop judging Gay men and women based on religious beliefs and fears.

We must prove to the government that sexual preference has absolutely nothing to do with one's work ethic whether it be military service or otherwise. Each of us must be viewed based on our skills, ambitions and accomplishments. Sexual orientation is nobody's business but your own.

Robaire Watson
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