Deserving respect

To the Editor:

In light of the recent victories around the country when it comes to gay rights, I think it’s important to bring to light a more local focus on the issue.

As a gay American, I am here to tell you that homophobia is far from dead in our own community. Just the other day, I was insulted in front of the Chipotle in Crystal Lake by two cowards in a pickup truck who apparently had a problem with the way that I dress.

Luckily, I have a great support system and the ability to handle such attacks. There are, however, many who do not. Every year, many young adults and others take their lives as a result of years of such bullying, happening every day in our community whether it’s at a school or simply in front of a Chipotle.

We must have a stronger response to such acts, have a better community awareness of the dangers such displays of hate can bring, and above all, we cannot claim that our community is immune to this form of prejudice.

Whether or not you agree that I should have the right to marry the person that I love one day, I hope you will agree that I, and all of my fellow LGBTQ Americans, deserve the same respect as everyone else.

Phillip Delahunty

Crystal Lake

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