To the Editor: In a letter Oct. 1, “Progressing Backwards,” the writer took most of the letter to get around to calling LGBTQ+ love “degrading passions” and “shameful things”....shortly after a 16-year-old boy named Channing Smith committed suicide because he was “outed” by some students at his school.

At the age of 62, I authored a blog article for a magazine that is still their most-read blog article. I told the world that I was gay and that there was nothing wrong with it. The article was not written to “shove” my sexuality in the face of heterosexuals, instead I knew the number of young LGBTQ+ people committing suicide was much higher than their straight counterparts because communities, families and churches were telling them that their love was a “degrading passion.” Since that time I have had many young people come up to me at conferences and thank me for writing that article.

What is it about LGBTQ+ people that is so threatening to heterosexual people? Are you afraid that LGBTQ+ people are going to destroy your marriage? Are men afraid that a gay man will run away with their wives? Are they afraid that we will produce LGBTQ+ prodigy and take over the world?

With all the other sins in the world, why does the letter writer end by focusing on LGBTQ people and their love?

JON A. HALL

Amherst

JON A. HALL

Amherst