It’s like the constant refrain that I hear: you’re only mistreated because you make spectacles of yourselves. Just stop being different and you won’t have any problems. The trouble is, we are different. We’re not harassed and beaten for being spectacles, but for being ordinary people. The night I was gay bashed in Greenwich Village, all I was doing was leaning on Lenny’s arm, looking up at the stars. And for that I got socked in the jaw.

We shouldn’t have to hide.

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James Finn is a columnist for the LA Blade, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, an alumnus of Act Up NY, and an agented but unpublished novelist.

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James Finn

James Finn

James Finn is a columnist for the LA Blade, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, an alumnus of Act Up NY, and an agented but unpublished novelist.

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