Weighing In

"BENT readers become BENT writers" is our motto. Guess what? It's true.


Dear Editor:

This is absolutely the first time I've written a letter to an online journal. Really. I hope I get it right.

My exposure to BENT began innocently enough while surfing on a Website based in . . . Australia!

I began reading BENT, became more excited, then joined Disgaytalk, BENT's online discussion group, and started getting lovely e-mail each day—EVERY day.

It's been great getting to know cripgay guys— hearing from men from around the world. We all have so much to say.

Not content to be a reader, I wrote an article, sharing some thoughts on longing—part flirting, part trying to share from my own experience some of what I think keeps us apart. If you haven't read it, go there now and let me know what you think.

And the community here opened up and embraced me. I've been savoring BENT articles ever since, reading them slowly—there's a lot of good thinking here.

So it might seem I am writing an overly sweet fan letter, and in part, that's exactly what I am doing.

Thanks guys—it's been great. I'll keep writing for BENT. We all should keep writing.

Larry Roberts
Ithaca, NY


Poet and writer Larry Roberts is the program director at a Center for Independent Living in Ithaca, NY. An anti-oppression activist on many fronts, he works in the movement against forced psychiatric treatment. Larry and his partner, Ross Haarstad, have been together for more than sixteen years.


BENT: A Journal of CripGay Voices/May 2003