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Society: Drug Use in the Gay Community

June 01, 1995

That was quite some article on the use of crystal methamphetamine by gay men to enhance their sexual experience (Westside, May 11). But what really got me and probably others is the comment of Lorri L. Jean, executive director of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center: "It's little surprise that drug use is higher among the gay-bisexual community than in the heterosexual community. That is a direct response to living in a homophobic society."

Does that mean that we, who are heterosexual, are also responsible for all the other ills that befall the gay community? I don't think so. You paint a broad picture and then you need someone to blame. What better place than the homophobic society? They have the same syndrome that we are all stuck with: "It can't happen to me." This is an attitude that the young have no matter what their sexual preference is, so please don't blame anyone for someone else's mistake. They are their own keepers.

BUDD KOPS

West Hollywood

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