Color Coded

No black gays: I eagerly read excerpts from your article ["Gay Play," by Catherine Matusow, June 24], hoping to see that it reflected a "cross-section" of Houston's gay community. What I found was more of the same, slanted, one-sided view that completely ignores African-Americans. One would think that we don't exist, let alone matter.

Surely when you thought to go into JR.'s, Chances, the Ripcord and Guava Lamp (not the "elitist" Meteor, however, although I imagine a few of "us" wander up in there, "black" Log Cabin Republicans, no doubt!) to interview "select" constituents of the community, you mean to say you couldn't find one black gay or black lesbian to get their unique take on gay life in Houston? Rubbish! You didn't even try. Oftentimes, I invited you to post my happenings (Artist Night) at the now-defunct Caravanserai Muse Salon, in the last remnant of Westbury Square, during 2003 -- which you failed to do.

Aaron Coleman
Black, gay, poet, musician

Charitable heroes: I read your paper every week and always find some really good stories. I must applaud you for your story regarding Montrose and some of the people in the gay community. Kara Dion and Todd Gresley are two good friends of mine, and their tales really captured who they are. I do question your inclusion of Daddy Bob and Kim, though. It was good to include the leather part of the gay community, but there are many others who are more worthy of noting, particularly those who spend countless hours fund-raising for various charities.

If it weren't for these people, many would go without the various medical and community services that are available, thanks to loss of funding from the government. These fund-raisers are the real heroes of the gay community.

Name withheld by request

Straight Stats

Unjust war: In response to the letter from Mary Cone [Letters, "Rattle the Sabers," June 17], I'd like to point out that the "Fever Pitch" article [by Josh Harkinson, June 3] didn't contain leftist hysteria at all. The academic study simply pointed out that Houstonians rank 20 percent higher than the rest of the nation in acceptance of collateral damage and preemptive attacks on countries that may want to do us harm. That's a pretty straightforward statistic.

Since the war began, terrorism has become only more widespread. The reasons the Bush administration gave us for justifying this war have all been exposed as lies. There were no weapons of mass destruction, Saddam did not pose an imminent threat to us, and now our soldiers are torturing, raping and killing Iraqis in the same prison that was run by Saddam's regime.

As history has shown us over and over again, violence begets violence. Waging military war is not the way to solve security issues. Not only are innocent Iraqi civilians dying at our hands and now equating democracy with bloodshed, but don't forget our American servicemen and women who are also dying for an unjust cause. Since you take what is going on in the world seriously, I'm sure you'll be the first to volunteer when they bring that draft letter to your back door. The rest of us will work toward a better solution.

Angie Pete

Compassion and Cops

Apologies due: It is quite an unfortunate situation for that woman who was wrongly arrested ["In the Dark," by Scott Nowell, June 17]. It's also unfortunate that people have to go through hoops and tons of red tape just to get compensation and a simple apology for such injustice. It just goes to show for people dealing with the big picture about how HPD officers do for the most part have problems dealing with what seems to be limitless authority.

Of course, for the most part that authority is often abused and people's lives are put on hold or potentially ruined when it all comes down to it. Reading that wonderful article just now made me shake my head in disgust. I bet that cop has no remorse for what he did. He knew he fucked up and didn't even offer the poor woman an explanation or an apology. No one should ever be subjected to such abuse, plain and simple.

I'm all for upholding the law, but I think that HPD officers and perhaps all police officers in general need to learn a simple little word called compassion -- and the true meaning of it. We definitely need someone to police our police.

Royce Fulks
Deer Park


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