Dave Pallone is to be congratulated for the courage and the strength he has shown in his coming out process ("Behind the Mask," June 17). He joins a small but growing number of persons associated with professional sports standing up to the homophobia these institutions promote.
However, I was disturbed by his comments about "effeminate" men. It is assuring to know that he does not find them offensive--only annoying.
While his enthusiasm to set the world straight about lesbians and gays is appreciated, he might want to explore his newly found community a little bit more before lamenting what a bad job of publicity hairdressers or artists or art-loving people are doing for the majority of us "normal" gay and lesbian folk.
I came out of the closet sharing some of the same thoughts as Pallone has. I regret some of the comments I made or wanted to make. It was not unexpected. After all, I was fed the same stereotypes about lesbians and gays he was.
As I came to know my community, I learned that the gay and lesbian community has a wonderful diversity that reflects the diversity of Los Angeles.
By his coming out publicly, Pallone will help break the notion that lesbians and gays conform to a particular lifestyle or belief. However, I hope he will not use the opportunity before him to put down other lesbians and gays whom he believes--to paraphrase him--make us all look bad and make it difficult for us to come out.