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April 11, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Still a long way to go on gay rights

Danny Westneat’s column “Fanaticism on both sides of gay-rights issue” [Local News, April 5] makes an interesting point. But Westneat makes a gross overstatement when he says that the pro-gay-rights side has “basically won.”

While gay marriage has made legitimate progress in the United States, America has a long way to go in terms of true equality. Gay teens are much more likely to be bullied and to commit suicide. The dropout rate of LGBT students is three times the national average. And homophobic language is sadly common across the nation.

When thinking how far gay rights have come in the United States, it’s also important to remember how much further we must go, and to remember the breadth of issues that affect the LGBT community outside of marriage equality.

Grant Bronsdon, Seattle

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