A Show of Courage


Unlike Dr. Alan Kelman, whose July 1 letter “JT Story Troubling” criticized the JT’s “Orlando Shooting Brings UMD Students Out of the Closet” (June 24), I want to commend both the reporting and the courage of the young adults profiled in the article. I was appalled at the condescending and disrespectful tone of Kelman’s letter. So gender identity can be “turned around” by the right psychotherapist? And having a gay or transgender family member constitutes shmutz?  Really? The students profiled in the story are fortunate that they have parents who treat them with more dignity than that.


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