am writing to tell you how much your publication has meant to me.
I began to read it in the past few months simply because a friend
was featured as a writer. Then I began to read the works of other
authors, and gained insight and knowledge into a kind of activism
I was totally unfamiliar with.
been aware of the patronizing attitudes and ambivalence toward people
with disabilities, but I had no grasp of the level of ignorance
I lived with myself, and that the average able-bodied person lives
with. The fact that getting up or down the streets, or in and out
of the apartment complex or house where you live, that going into
a theater or restaurant or a public restroom is a challenge and
an obstacle to be overcome for millions of Americans every day,
despite legislation designed to address discrimination, made me
angry. I also realized why I see so few of the disabled who are
my fellow African Americans out and about.
testimony of gay men living with this kind of discrimination and
prejudice was powerful. I was moved, too, by evidence of the ignorance
and indifference shown by the medical profession. Stories from BENT
writers prove that people with disabilities are often forced to
be their own best health advocates. At first this realization was
mind boggling, but it’s given me insight into how to take charge
of my own health care and to question medical advice that does not
work for me or for my elderly mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's.
want to commend you for the excellence of your publication and the
hard work, dedication and love evident in every issue. I hope BENT
continues. It is a much-needed voice in the wilderness.
A Journal of CripGay Voices/May 2005