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Bigotry, hate neither funny nor acceptable

Published:Thursday | October 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:I've read a number of articles by Daniel Thwaites and, although it is always good to see differing views, I've found many of his columns to be in poor taste, making fun and mocking others he might perceive to be 'different'. For instance, he wrote a long article recently about transgenders/transsexuals, blaming those who became homeless for their own demise and writing them off as mental cases! Obviously, Mr Thwaites has zero understanding of gender issues and identity and homelessness, so how can he even understand what most of these people go through?

Diversity is part of life, despite our individual likes or dislikes. I see no reason why people should be so bothered or affected if someone else chooses to identify with the opposite gender and is happy and content living their lives as such. If you don't understand it, fine, but what's the point hating? Sexuality is indeed complex, a wide spectrum including asexuals, bisexuals, heterosexuals, homosexuals, transexuals/transgenders, etc. Why are we so obsessed?

I believe people who invest so much time hating and making fun of others are usually bullies, with deep fears and insecurities of their own. Attorneys of all people should understand the essence of human rights and social justice, despite their own prejudices.

Mr Thwaites should try to get out more often and open his eyes to the stark reality of diversity, which he cannot and will never be able to change. If you can't adapt, sir, stay far away and continue to live your life in a bubble, hoping some day it won't burst. Perhaps when Mr Thwaites has to deal with some of these issues on a personal level, like a close friend or family member, he might actually begin to learn to be more understanding, considerate and compassionate, which is really what life is supposed to be all about.

Pete Delisser