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Ezekiel J. Krahlin


© 1997 by Ezekiel J. Krahlin
(Jehovah's Queer Witness)

TO:   One "J.P.", renter of apartment #203
FROM: Ezekiel Krahlin, renter of room #205
RE:   Your slanderous gossip and accusations against me.
DATE: October 19, 1998

J.P.: I have been aware of your crude gossip and slander about
me, for several weeks now...and do not appreciate your
invasion upon my privacy, and your fallacious accusations
about me, which you have spread to most everyone in this
building. Personally, I have found it quite amusing, and enjoy
hearing of your antics each and every day, from my own
personal sources...for it does afford me a good laugh. But
since you have bothered to address me this morning, Oct. 19,
1998, around 10 a.m., I must deliver you this letter, and have
my say as follows:

I request you cease and desist this moment, your slanderous
gossip about me. But if you choose to go for the full monty,
and try to further oppress me...go ahead and give it your best
shot...though I conclude you will wind up looking more a fool
than a good neighbor.

For one, I suggest you plug up the holes in your side door
(still numbered as room 204) their presence obviously has
snatched from me, what little privacy I once enjoyed in this
building. When you hear snippets of conversation, it seems you
interpret them to your own fantastic imaginings, then
broadcast these absurd fantasies to other residents of 2306
Market. I really think you ought to cover up those holes, and
find some other way to improve the ventilation in your
apartment, in such a way so as not to impose on a neighbor's
right to privacy.

I also resent your attempt to degrade me based on economic
status... suggesting that because my rent is a lot lower than
yours, that you have more "rights" than I do. This is San
Francisco, not Oklahoma City...and we have a little more
sensibility here, regarding the rights of every human
being...though I admit we still have a long way to go. Your
attempt to erode what limited rights we gays, low-income
renters, and formerly homeless have achieved, is a sorry
tactic for any good lesbian to use.

As for what friends I have over, whom you deem as
"homeless"...well, there are only three...or were, as one of
them, Steve, became too much of a nuisance to have I
told him he is not welcome any more. (From your accusations,
and what I hear through the grapevine about your gossip, you
make others believe I am having a whole army coming through my
room!) Though Steve is clearly not a danger to anyone...I did
not give him any permission to enter our building, sleep on
our roof, or anything else. If Steve is entering our building,
it is with the cooperation of some other resident, not myself.
If you discover someone sleeping on the roof, I recommend you
do as I do: call the police. I' d even be glad to witness for I have no qualms about chasing Steve, or anyone else,
from the roof.

Your other accusations about me, re. my occasional guests,
are totally erroneous...and smack very much of terribly
bigoted attitudes about the homeless, and the poor. Seeing as
you have never taken the time to get to know really
don't know what I'm about, or what I stand for. If you did,
you'd know I'm a very responsible and trustworthy person, who
would never put anyone in any sort of danger. Instead, you
prefer to conjure up your own nasty fantasies about me, and
try to get other residents stirred up against me. You have
chosen your own circle of friends in this building...with
implicit exclusion of myself. Yet you decide what I am about,
and what should be done with me...all behind my back, and
without any fair recognition towards me, as a many-years
veteran of gay activism and struggles. Sadly, you have ignored
the evidence of news articles and other documents I have shown
you, to make you aware of my importance to the gay community
here in San Francisco, and even worldwide (now that I have a
web page, and it is making a big splash). The lack of respect
you give me, is only a poor reflection of your own lack of
decent values. Now back to the present issue:

You did not care to hear my side of things...but refused to
have a real dialogue with me...rather, you just walked away
and slammed the door behind you, once you finished speaking
what you wanted to speak. I do not appreciate such
intimidation, especially from one living in such close
quarters to my own home base. Please know that I have
delivered copies of this letter to certain connections, in the
event you choose to aggravate an already crude situation of
your own making...that they are already informed of the

If you force me to defend myself, I will certainly do
so...though I would not appreciate in any way, the disturbance
you may cause to my life, in my efforts to help one gay man
suffering from HIV. This is my red-headed buddy, Tony...who
does not live with me, but visits, and assists me with street
sales, so he may earn the money needed to stay clothed, fed,
and reasonably healthy. He has a place to stay with another
person. He is a truly good person, with no mean bone in his
body. If you, or anyone, create such a scene as to drive Tony
from my life, rest assured I will be quite retaliatory.


Ezekiel J. Krahlin