Gay community deserves better than a judgmental attitude

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 January, 2009, 12:00am

The letter from Michael Cheung ('Citybus entitled to refuse request', January 13) serves again to show the ignorance of those who assume to judge the gay community as the singular deliverers of HIV/Aids.

Using the refusal of Citybus 'to allow one of its buses to be hired for a gay parade' as a platform to launch his ill-informed assault is laughable. Does he expect Citybus to ban gay passengers or fire its members of staff who are gay?

Perhaps he would like separate buses for gay passengers as apparently according to him the gay community is still to be defined by the government and the treatment yet to be revealed.

I wonder how close Mr Cheung knew these men who have left years of homosexuality to seek supposed happiness in marriage.

Those who seek to live behind the facade of marriage to appease the ignorance of family and friends often spend their lives in misery and worst, deception. Being gay is not transient; it is from the womb to the tomb.

Mr Cheung further chooses to quote out of context to enhance his prophecy of doom the alarming figures raised by Tim Brown. Dr Brown is a well-known supporter of various HIV/Aids projects in China and a close adviser to the Advisory Council on Aids.

Mr Cheung should read the Legislative Council's 'Panel on Health Services Prevention and Control of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids)' to better understand the significant steps the community has taken to ensure the figures that he quotes do not happen.

Mr Cheung ends his letter with the comment that 'this will hurt everyone until a full discussion leads to a comprehensive plan of action'.

Perhaps then he should stop rattling alarmist ideas and realise the work that various government and-non government agencies do in order to educate those exposed to HIV - straight and gay of their need to be safe.

Education and acceptance are what is required Mr Cheung, not division and hate based on ignorance.

Mark Peaker, The Peak