After reading recent letters to the editor in The Courier (see below), I feel compelled to speak out. I want to speak to those who may feel unwelcome in the very town in which they live. Based on those letters, some may draw the conclusion that, as a community, Findlay believes that homosexuality is a sin and an immoral lifestyle. I say to you that this is simply not true. There are those of us who support the gay community and open our homes and hearts to our fellow human beings regardless of sexual orientation. There are those of us who support and understand your lifestyle and know that it is not a matter of choice but a fundamental part of who you are as a human being. I cannot say how many in Findlay feel as I do, but please know that we are here.
As the Courier sees fit to publish letters of this nature; what is the Courier’s position on the subject of a gay lifestyle and the place of homosexuals in our community? And where are our political, business, educational and religious leaders on this issue?
Some may say that I have little to lose by taking a public position on this issue, and that is true. I have chosen, with others, to take the path less traveled in Findlay, in regard to my public support of the gay community. But if you feel as I do and have a role as a community leader, but choose to remain silent on this issue, then you are complicit in thoughts, words and actions that make gays feel less than equal, in Findlay. I would ask you – do you have that much to be gained by being silent? I challenge you to come forward and let your voice be heard. Be a true leader.
See Letter to the Editor The Courier: http://www.thecourier.com/opinion/2012/Feb/23/ar_let_022312.asp?d=022312,2012,Feb,23&c=let