Inbox – June 24, 2015


Yes, the Confederate flag should have been abolished long ago. Complacency, hypocrisy and ignorance keep that Dixie flag flying.

Until we stop electing racists, bigots, greeds and NRA protectors to public offices, today’s style of racism, bigotry, capitalism and violence will continue killing America. Many NRA-duped Americans believe that guns are more sacred than life. The NRA and sly politicians exploit the blurring of racism, bigotry, hate and violence to safeguard the NRA’s survival.

Racism, bigotry, guns, greed, the NRA and the Confederate flag — all must go. The unity felt on Charleston’s Ravenel Bridge becomes a fast-fading feel-good unless we, as a nation, take effective actions to end the horrific violence now threatening the very survival of America.

Michael Gregoire, 40207    


LEO’s Coverage of Gay Pride Week 

1) Exactly one year ago today, I wrote a not-so-friendly reaction to the LEO’s coverage of Louisville’s gay pride week criticizing the publication for consistently overshadowing “gay pride” with “drag culture.”

2) After reading Ethan Smith’s article in this week’s issue I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to do the research, speak with the people, and truly convey what this “celebration” is all about. Thank you for recognizing WHY the LGBT community organizes gay pride events. Thank you for educating not only those who are not familiar with the gay community, but also the younger members of the LGBT community who do not understand how much has changed.  There are so many people who do not realize how far we have come in the past ten years. I myself have trouble at times truly empathizing with how far we’ve come in the last 20, 30, 40, etc. There are too many people who forget the Supreme Court case being discussed right now started in Kentucky. Certainly something to be proud of.

Erik Martinez, 40204


Trangender, not transgendered

Congratulations on a great article about the history of Pride in Louisville. It is long and varied and I was pleased that you were able to make some sense out of it.

However, I need to ask you to make clear that I did not use the word “transgendered.” I know that it was not attributed to me in a direct quote, but it was implied that I used that word, which I NEVER do. It is considered offensive by transgender people and those of us who support them.

Thanks so much for your great article.

Elizabeth Stith, Louisville Youth Group, Executive Director



In last week’s June 17 cover story “15 Years of Pride,” LEO erred in using the phrase “transgendered people,” rather than “transgender people.” We sincerely apologize for our unintentional use of this offensive term.