Members of LGBTQ community deserve respect
To the editor:
It is a sad day in our society when some people in our local community are still using discriminatory and racist language when it comes to considering the LGBTQ community as a culture or subculture in our community. The LGBTQ community does exist in Hagerstown and Washington County. We are a big group in this community and we support this community in many ways.
I apologize to all citizens of Washington County for a few citizens who cannot accept that we are in the community. We are here and we do not plan to go anywhere. I believe that most citizens of Hagerstown and Washington County do not care.
The LGBTQ citizens do not rub, flaunt or parade our sexual orientation in your face. We just expect the respect that all in our local community get. We are your co-workers, business owners, community activists, religious leaders, educated professionals, students and neighbors.
The local elected officials, community leaders and religious leaders need to support civility in our county and cities, and they should not stand by and let the LGBTQ community be treated in an uncivilized manner.
Will all citizens of Hagerstown and Washington County stand up for all citizens no matter what your race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic group or minority status? Citizens, no matter what your religious faith believes, or your personal feelings are about sexual orientation, we are still Americans and deserve respect.
Michael’s column on gay marriage was on target