With great dismay, I read Alex Toolsie's letter in the July 26 Imprint. He attacks Dan's "Lunacy of Prejudice" article with such ignorance and confusion that he makes a mockery of the issues of sexuality.
He begins by attempting to summarize Dan's article, but takes his comments to be directed at "mainstream heterosexuals" rather than homophobes and other reactionary groups, the intended target. Mr. Toolsie goes on to state that homosexuality is "dangerous." The hypocrisy of this is justified by him from the fact that AIDS is more prevalent among gays. Simply the presence of a dangerous disease does not make those in its grip dangerous in themselves. As well, he points to the high suicide rate among homosexuals as a sign of "mental instability." This flies directly in the face of the true cause, the fact that many gays do seek solace in death due to societal pressures to be "normal," not any sort of mental cause. He continues by stating that "a homosexual lifestyle is [not] a healthy one." This shows he is unaware of one of the basic facts of homosexuality, that it is not a 'lifestyle choice' - homosexuals are born homosexual, and have no choice in the matter whatsoever.
He then speculates that Dan is homosexual, simply because he writes in their defense. I'm sorry, but just because a person acts in defense of an issue, that does not necessarily mean they are involved within it personally. (Not to mention, a person's sexuality is none of anyone's business, especially the Imprint whom Mr. Toolsie beseeches for specifics.)
He then goes on to vaunt the "moral integrity" of UW. If he considers homosexuality immoral, I'm curious as to what he thinks of the Gay & Lesbian Liberation of Waterloo's status as an official university organization. It is at this point that he contradicts his earlier statements of "tolerance". To be speaking in these terms places him in the ranks of those Dan criticizes, which starts to show his true motivation for writing.
In essence, Mr. Toolsie has approached this argument without an understanding of the circumstances and issues involved. It is he who should apologize to the community for his narrow commentary, not Dan as he demands.--Paul Uxbridge
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