Dear YELL,

I don't know how bizarre or weird this is going to sound (if it does at all), but I am almost 20 years old and have been very concerned and supportive of gay rights/gay pride against homophobia, etc -- even though I'm straight. More recently, I have joined in the fight against AIDS. It really upsets me to see homosexuals treated differently, just because their sexual preference happens to be different form what is considered "the norm," as well as the fact that television and movies are still stereotyping gays & lesbians, as well as using them as the brunt of storylines in sitcoms.

Anyway, I do have a few questions that I hope you don't mind answering for me. Specifically, when and why was this organization formed? Is there any way I can join, or is there an organization in Canada similiar to ACT UP that I can join? And could you please send me any information (pamphlets, posters, etc) about ACT UP that you may have?

Thank you so much for your time. I'm looking forward to hearing from you in the future.

Sincerely,

Elana


I read an article about your group in Tell and decided to write to say: I think what you're doing is great. I am a 13 year old and I live in Spooner WI. I think AIDS is a major problem that needs to be addressed.

Since I live in a small town in the Midwest there isn't much of a problem up here but there is a bigger problem than most think. We have around six cases of AIDS in our high school alone and our town only has 2,464 residents. I know that there may not be much I can do from up here but support is needed everywhere if anything is going to get done. I myself have had expereince with terminal illness (cancer). My brother died from it and I plan to dedicate myself to finding cures from these horrid diseases.

Could you please send me some more info on YELL?

I read in the magazine that you have mailings and I was wondering if I could get on your list. If there is anything else you would like me to do in Spooner I'd be happy to do it.

Sincerely,

Sue


I would like to know more about your organization and what I can do to help. I am also the editor of my high school paper, The Tiger Growl. If there is anything that I could have printed up in the newspaper to increase awareness of your oganization and/or its cause, please send that too. Please understand that I am just a student, and I don't have a really powerful position at this school, but I will do my best and even if they don't accept it, I will support you on my own.

--Mary

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