Not everyone is gay about the Gay Games

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I am outraged that Oak Park and River Forest High School has agreed to shift summer programming, remove the sports camp and allow hundreds of foreign athletes to use the locker rooms, stadium, auditorium, and fields. All because of these "Gay Games."

Were the parents of the students even considered? Did they even have a say in the matter? Shifting summer vacations is no easy task to begin with. Now they are changing dates.

Oak Park schools have even refused access to the local Boy Scouts. Now they are not only allowing access, but changing school dates and forcing "mixed use of facilities" for these "Gay Games?" That's ridiculous. What about balance, fairness and family values?

What about surrounding communities?

River Forest's name is on the high school too! If Oak Park wants to host such an event, great. But they should not bring River Forest into it.

Keep the events in Oak Park's parks where they belong. There are 10 or more. Or hire private venues. But, please, not in River Forest's high school!

Oak Park can become the next "Gay Mecca" or as "progressive" as they like. But I think the village hall should be more respectful of the rest of the people who don't want to, and shouldn't be, unduly inconvenienced or labeled by society through forced association.

Eric Peters

River Forest

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