I have read the letters in the paper voicing support and opposition to
the new Gay-Straight Alliance group at BHS. As a mother of kids in a
local grade school, I have learned that the biggest put down you can be
given is to hear, “you’re GAY.” This is in our grade schools. This is
happening to second-graders.
The late American tennis player Arthur Ashe died of AIDS, contracted
from a contaminated blood transfusion. He stated in his autobiography
that the greatest trial of his life was not that he was dying because
of someone’s incompetence, but rather that he had been born black in
This may seem an odd thing to point out in Baker County, Oregon, except
for the conversation on tolerance currently under way. You young folks
who are directly involved sure know how to stir things up. I’m proud of
you for demonstrating such courage and character.