In her letter to the editor, Arlene Hiatt said people should speak up, so I am speaking up.
I marched proudly in the parade as a member of PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians And Gays). Next to me was a vet, holding his sign that said, "I'm a vet. I'm Gay."
Gay and lesbian soldiers are being discriminated against in the military. Though they die alongside their heterosexual comrades, they are treated as pariahs, forced to hide their true selves.
Unlike Arlene Hiatt, I am proud of my community and proud that PFLAG was invited (for the third year in a row) to participate in honoring the vets.
What disgusts me is that there are still people in our lovely town who think it is appropriate to spread stereotypes and prejudice, to discriminate against their fellow human beings and to disrespect -- even hate -- someone for openly being the person God made them to be.