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Ezekiel J. Krahlin

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

© 2000 by Ezekiel J. Krahlin

September 15, 2000

Dear Editor:

As a gay activist and artist living in San Francisco since
1973, I feel compelled at this time to express my disgust
towards our "liberal" and "counterculture" heterosexual

Anyone involved in entertainment or the media, has a moral and
karmic obligation to contribute towards getting rid of gay
hatred. Yet so many liberal heteros who regard themselves as
gay-friendly, refuse to include the gay issue in the mix of
their media. Plenty of street musicians do local gigs all
around the Bay Area, as well as on the sidewalks of
Berkeley...and they cover issues to respect women, blacks,
children, and so on. Yet they do NOT sing any songs in praise
of the gay struggle. And why is that? Most say they have gay
friends...yet they still remain silent on helping us out by
using a bit of their talents. Don't they realize the ugliness
of such an attitude? They contribute to our invisibility,
hence our oppression. They are part of the problem, yet they
could be part of the solution.

Sad to say, there are a plethora of "liberal" straight artists
in the S.F. Bay Area (a.k.a. "Gay Mecca") who ignore gays by
refusing to include them in their art. Why, look at that
counterculture table in front of Cody's Bookstore on Telegraph
Avenue: they use their cartoons to represent all sorts of
important issues...EXCEPT FOR GAY RIGHTS! I even handed them a
bunch of my gay stories, in hopes they'd use them as
inspiration for some pro-gay cartoons. After all, gays are
part of the counter culture, and have contributed to it
mightily over the years. Yet are we to also be betrayed by
this very same counterculture? And what has happened since?
They elude me, certainly no "hail friendly well-met" attitude
coming from those guys! Looks to me like they'll just toss my
writing into the garbage, rather than include some
gay-oriented comics along with their other art on their
"counterculture" sales table.

One of my street-musician friends got quite irate at my
proposal, and stated that every hetero artist should have the
*choice to support gays, not have it forced on them. Well, you
straight "liberal" artists have had years to make such a
choice...for you all have known for a long, long time how
serious is the dilemma of gays in our society. That same
concern (for helping others in trouble) inspires you to speak
out for children, blacks, women, the disabled and the
homeless, in your music, sculpture, paintings, writing, etc..
So what excuse do you have for not "choosing" to also include
gays in this mix...after all this time?

Sorry, "friends", but as far as I'm concerned, you gave up
your free will to "choose" yea or nay, some time ago. You can
NOT justify in any way, shape or form, your continued refusal
to "choose" to use some of your talent to help liberate gay
people. What I am saying now, is that you so-called liberal
heteros of the counterculture are all very close to paying
heavy karmic dues as a result of your willful, hetero-centered
arrogance. You insist you are a friend to gays, while stabbing
us in the back all along, by your willful ommission of us, in
your songs, your art, and in the media. I warn you: what gay
friends you now have are likely to grow disgusted with you,
when they realize this...if they haven't already.

All most of you have ever given us in the way of support is
lip service. Well let me tell you assholes this: if you
continue to give me any more lip service, it will have to be
below the belt.

(Addendum: How come our own gay neighborhoods suffer a dearth
of gay-oriented street music/art/entertainment? Are we so
jaded as to give up our very own streets to hetero-only
diversions? C'mon, gay guys and gals...take it to the streets,
we have much to be proud of. Let us at least take back our own
streets, and fill them with lesbian/gay music, art, dance,
skits, and so on.)

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