Letters to the Editor
Shortly after I began transitioning in 1992, I ceased to read the local newspaper. I have no idea what the response was to the article about me in the local press. In mid-February a young woman named Jennifer Chilcoat spoke at Hendrix College (also in Conway...this is a college town) about the need for homosexual children to have role models as they grow up. The local newspaper covered her speech and the article appeared on the front page of the paper on Sunday, February 21, 1993.
There were four responses to the article on February 24. One of them mentioned that the 30% suicide rate among homosexual children was because the "chosen lifestyle was diametrically opposed to the Bible's many admonitions condemning same" (God's will, as it were). A second said that "if homosexuals' and lesbians' children do not have `role models,' it is their parent's responsibility to provide it, not the government," showing that the women totally missed the point. A third article actually showed a glimmer of intelligence. The fourth of these articles was by a woman who decided that somehow I needed to be dragged into this.
News Article II
From Estelle Gross,
When I read the front page of the Log Cabin Democrat on Sunday, it made me sick. I cannot believe the Log Cabin would put an article such as this ("World lacks homosexual role models") in the paper and especially on the front page. To see a young woman so proudly proclaim her homosexuality, and then tell the rest of her world to accept her and other homosexuals is just too much. To think that Hendrix College would allow her to come on their campus and deliver a speech is unthinkable.
Homosexuality is a choice one makes. Homosexuality is almost unheard of in many parts of the world, especially third world countries. It seems that the more "civilized" a nation becomes the more immoral it becomes. I am also tired of hearing homosexuals say that Christians hate them. Actually, homosexuality is just another form of sexual promiscuity and is certainly forgivable but intolerable.
I also thought I would not see a man dressed in women's clothing up teaching in a state supported university, but that is the very thing being done at the University of Central Arkansas. He is required to dress like a woman before having a sex change operation. This man can often be seen teaching class in a skirt, but he looks and stands like a man. I think it is abominable that our society permits this. Yes, Ms. Chilcoat is right--there are not many good role models left. People are afraid to speak- up for what is right; we are afraid not to jump on the band wagon and be broad-minded. I hope I do not live to be that shallow-minded that I can be blown about like a reed in the wind and willing to accept the "buzz" thing of the decade. I realize that our very President condones this type of lifestyle, and this in and of itself will make many people who lack the moral fortitude go with the flow.
"And in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another...And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, ..." This was written several thousand years ago and can be found in its entirety in Romans I. Synonyms for depraved are debased, degenerate, perverted, and warped, just to name a few. And if this letter makes you angry, remember Ms. Chilcoat, and others like you, these words were inspired by God, not me."
---Log Cabin Democrat (LCD), February 24, 1993