Colleen Curry’s concern that gay rights are in jeopardy missed the mark [“I thought gay rights were safe. Now I’m not so sure ,” Outlook, Feb. 11]. First, the GLAAD survey indicates a very slight percentage drop in “straight” Americans’ tolerance, with support of equal rights for LGBT Americans remaining well above 70 percent. Second, the reason for any drop can be squarely put at the feet of the “T” element of LGBT, as Andrew Sullivan bravely stated in a recent essay in New York magazine.

Fundamentally, the issues of transgender individuals don’t necessarily square with those of gays.

The overemphasis in the media with the likes of Caitlyn Jenner has debased the currency of gay rights and has raised concerns of parents and children who don’t want to share bathrooms and locker rooms with someone obviously of the opposite sex. Most of those same people have no problems with gay individuals.

Brian Petty, Washington

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