May 5, 2012

To the Editor:

Kudos to you (“Lending a Hand to Peru, Returning to the Closet,” by Tymon Manning, Apr. 25-May 8). I grew up and came out in the USA and returned to Colombia to live. At that time –– the mid 1970s –– being closeted was the norm. Of course, Bogotá, as Lima, being the capital offers gays a better environment in which to flourish.

However, even now, homophobia is still rampant, as it is nearly everywhere. Your Peace Corps experience is making you a better person; you are helping those who need; your sexuality need not interfere with that “higher calling.”

Bless you.

Francisco M. Urrego V.

May 2, 2012

To the Editor:

Brilliant writing, first off. My heart goes out to you. A couple of years ago, as I was facing my own hard battle, someone dear explained to me the difference between courage and valor. Courage is being brave in face of known danger. Valor is being brave in the face of unknown danger. You are one of the few who face the world with an honest and sincere intention; believe in that and people will accept and love you.

My hope, and my prayer for you, is that these people will know and understand you, love you and accept you. Often it doesn’t have to be shouted from the rooftops, who we are. Those who are paying attention understand and accept.

Cindy DeGroft

April 29, 2012

To the Editor:

Well written, brother! We miss you and love you tons! Keep doing all the amazing things you are doing and keep your head up, and I am always here for you to vent!

Dylan Manning



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