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Mail to the editor: August 2018

Anita and Chelsea Smith at Hancock Stadium

Chelsea Oakes and Anita Smith at Hancock Stadium

To the Editor,

I am thrilled that ISU has recognized a lesbian couple’s marriage (Redbird Romance, April 2018). Times have changed since I was there in 1974.
Go Redbirds!

Nanette Gratkins ’76

To the Editor,

Thank you for including a lesbian marriage on page 12 of the April 2018 ISU alumni magazine (Redbird Romance).

I’m an officer in the Peace and Freedom Party (http://peaceandfreedom.org). Your including the marriage of Anita Smith and Chelsea Oakes advances the goal in the party platform of equality for women and the LGBT community.

Also, I’m grateful for the clinical psychology training I received at ISU, which included how to relate to others with more compassion and kindness.

Eric Bergman, M.A. ’78

To the Editor,

I am a proud alum of ISU, having earned degrees in 1986 and 1987 in communication disorders. At that time, I was a closeted gay man who struggled to find my place on campus. Reading your recent story about the love bench (April 2018) that included a same sex married couple made me even more proud to say I’m a graduate of ISU!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to express my sincere gratitude for your effort to be inclusive with your story. This small gesture means the world to so many of us!

Michael Barla ’86, M.S. ’87

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