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Kudos to Dan Savage for his June 25 "Pride and Prejudice" think piece.

It's often a slippery slope from an ascriptive group characteristic being a basis for stigma to being a basis for hubris. This goes for a wide range of characteristics besides sexual orientation, including race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, and many more.

In the best of worlds, the kind of pride Savage discusses--for any social group--will merely be a way station on a dialectical path from the thesis of shame, through the antithesis of pride, to a synthesis where the group's defining characteristic is considered neutral, without any social significance, and not central to anyone's identity, either group members or those who had once been their antagonists.

Mitch Pravatiner

S. Oglesby

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