Justin Ross

Eric sounds like your typical gay dude who harbors masculinity issues and mild internal homophobia. If he is so concerned about perpetuating a "damaging stereotype," he should stop hanging out on Eighth Avenue. It's hypocritical to contribute to a community that represents a specific look and lifestyle and yet continue to uphold such a puritanical and stifling value as anti-promiscuity. If Eric wants a boyfriend and monogamy so bad, maybe he ought to live somewhere like Montana. I live in New York in order to get away from moralistic, holier-than-thou jocks like him. If Eric feels the need to prove he's got balls by playing sports, that's on him.

Joe Salas

Eric Merfalen's morals concerning promiscuity are very rare within the gay community. I applaud him for being able to hold on to himself and not acquiesce to the pressure there to be promiscuous. The gay community is happy just having fun and partying endlessly. We still have a long way to go to be completely assimilated within the dominant culture. It is wonderful to want to have fun and play if there is some balance in our lives, such as getting involved in some way in helping further our goals of complete assimilation and obtaining equal rights for all, and becoming less self-involved. Many gay men prefer situations that are superficial, and are more comfortable with the extraneous aspects of life.

Aaron Silver
Fennville, Michigan

Global gratification

Silke Tudor has done the citizens of Darfur and the world a favor by writing "Darfur in Central Park" [Loitering, September 27– October 3]. It is important that these atrocities be known. The protests are apparently having an effect. When Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir gave a speech to the General Assembly on September 19, he was driven to use the most offensive words he knows: Those "who made the publicity, who mobilized the people, invariably, are Jewish organizations." Little does he know that he is complimenting the Jews.

George Jochnowitz

Musto does New York

I noticed that last week's issue of the Voice had no investigative/ analytical pieces on New York City matters by Tom Robbins, Wayne Barrett, or anyone else. I've never witnessed the lack of such article or articles in the paper, except in certain issues entirely devoted to a particular theme. Perhaps the individuals dismantling the Voice think that readers can get all the coverage of current city events they could ever want from La Dolce Musto.

Stephen M. Baraban
Sunnyside, Queens

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