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Ezekiel J. Krahlin

(A True Tale From The Castro. Eat your heart out, Armistead!)

© 2003 by Ezekiel J. Krahlin

March 5, 2003

Now that I've had the honor to meet "Officer 666", it's time
for the SFPD to be formally introduced to "The Sheriff Of
Castro Street",  who is yours truly, Zeke Krahlin.

Johnny S. is my very best friend. I am safe on the streets
when he's around; and my present hangout is at The Transfer.
He is helping identify and flush out dangerous street watching over me and other gay men and women,
and defending when called for. He can also advise police in
this matter, especially if this would make the cops' work
easier and less dangerous. Not asking any favors of
course...but if possible, could you help Johnny recover his
wallet and ID cards that got lost in the shuffle of a recent
arrest? Much thanks; no problem however, if that is out of
your jurisdiction or judgment. (You know best how to perform
your calling, and I, mine.)

I trust your professionalism as an officer on how best to
regard Johnny. Just introducing you to my network of
gay-supportive guardians. 'Cause I am now ready to integrate
my little clique with our immediate community and our
courageous SFPD guardians. You may consider me a vital contact
for Johnny, should you ever need my assistance in resolving an
issue around him (see my phone number and address above). I
have additional street friends that will be glad to coordinate
a more effective safety network throughout The Castro. They
have been educated about homophobia and gay perspectives in
general, that they may provide an auxiliary volunteer force of
neighborhood watchdogs. This, not necessarily by their
volition, but by their uninvited presence in our community,
and my desire to coordinate an inexpensive, practical solution
towards reclaiming our streets for our own queer selves. As
you know, a neighborhood safe for LGBTQs is also safe for
women, children, the elderly and disabled.

You may learn more about my activism on my website [ ], which serves as a portfolio of my
accomplishments as a free lance, unofficial quasi-underground
street counselor and queer liberationist of many years. Also,
these two character references have known about me since 1973
and 1985, respectively: The owner Andy of Orphan Andy's, and
Father Young of the Church of the Holy Redeemer. They may not
remember me by my present name (which I legally changed in
1996), but by my former name, Gene Catalano.(Proof of my
name-change is available on my website.) My best friend Marvin
Johnson--who died in 1993--was instrumental in bringing me to
these two excellent GayFolk.

You also know where I live, and should also know our building
is cop-friendly, and welcomes any man or woman in blue, who is
assigned to our neighborhood...or in some other way, can add
to the security of our sexual minorities living in and
visiting Eureka Valley. Feel free to share this letter with
other officers assigned to the district, and to any interested
parties that you deem acceptable. Part of my strategy is to be
an open book with no secrets, and to place my complete trust
in those whom I befriend and network, no matter what their
vocation or social circles.

In closing: hope you like my enclosed poem "Officer 666"; it's
truly inspired (and appears on my website's home page...which
also includes a letter praising the police in the Castro for
their fine work...which I e-mailed to various gay newspapers
with no luck yet. It also includes a blueprint I devised on
effective ways to help the SFPD make our neighborhood safe and
fun once again, entitled "Never Forget Bloody Mary Halloween".
Just scroll down a bit, to find both poem and letter.) You
should know  by now, that humor is one of my tools for
effecting social it apparantly is yours likewise,
considering your conscious choice of badge number. (How well
that actually serves to facilitate positive community
relations, is something I'd be most curious to understand, if
ever privy to such knowledge.)


Ezekiel J. Krahlin, NARQ
(North American Righteous Queer)


Enclosure: Officer 666