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Gay Hate Straights Challenged ::

Reported by Olly @ Trackitdown on March 26, 2007

American gay rights pioneer Larry Kramer issued a despairing plea to ‘straight people’ in the LA Times this week asking ‘Why do you hate gay people so much?’

“Gays are hated. Prove me wrong,” the 72 founder of Act-Up challenged.

“Gays do not realize that the more we become visible, the more we come out of the closet, the more we are hated. Don't those of you straights who claim not to hate us have a responsibility to denounce the hate?” he asked.

“Why is it socially acceptable to joke about "girlie men" or to discriminate against us legally with "constitutional" amendments banning gay marriage,” he continued, adding “I think your hate is evil.”

“What do we do to you that is so awful? Why do you feel compelled to come after us with such frightful energy? Does this somehow make you feel safer and legitimate?”

His angry polemic was published as Elton John spoke out again against worldwide homophobia and called on people to challenge intolerance.

“For many, basic rights are still a matter of life and death. Individuals suffer because of their sexuality every day,” he told the New Statesman.

“The bigots still have a loud voice and they're not being shouted down.”

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