What They Said... (August 13, 2015) 

Letters and comments from Flyer readers ... transgender in Memphis, abortion videos, Mallard Fillmore, and paying musicians.

click to enlarge GREG CRAVENS
  • Greg Cravens

About Bianca Phillips' cover story, "Transgender in Memphis" ...

When my oldest son came out as a transgender female last year, I immediately offered unconditional support to her. We attended the support group at MGLCC together. That is a great place to start. They are an awesome group that is ready to share their experiences. They are ready to listen to you. I am a big Southern, straight, non-trans man, and the people there made us feel at home. My daughter now knows she has support from family, friends, and the people at the group.

Dept. of Redundancy Dept.

Memphis has come a long way! And I, for one, am very happy about that.


This is a sin and an abomination. God have mercy on your souls. Trans people are dressing that way because they are confused and need help to define their appropriate roles. This nation was founded upon Christian principles.


Screamer15 seems to think he knows more about God's plan than God does. But that's okay. Someone who must rely on religious nonsense to hide their fear, hatred, and bigotry is obviously not someone who has any sort of ability for rational thought.


About Bruce VanWyngarden's Letter From the Editor, "Aborting the Truth" ...

I find it fascinating how this new "culture war" crisis popped up as soon as being anti-gay marriage got firmly shut down by the Supreme Court. It is as if the GOP was looking for some new and shiny thing to get their base off of gay marriage and on to some other topic.

Charlie Eppes

In truth, no one "likes" abortion, but birth control not being 100 percent reliable, not all are willing to compromise the lives of their living children or those they hope to have in continuing a pregnancy that would capsize their lives. Thank you for speaking up.

Elizabeth Hinds Davis

If there is no smoking gun, why all the invective against an investigation? PP may be the most wonderfully altruistic organization on earth, but as long as my tax money is used to subsidize their activities, I think I have a right to find out what is going on with these body parts.

Arlington Pop

To me, the use of fetal tissue is no different than using donated organs. I'm an organ donor, because, the way I see it, when I'm dead and gone, my body is no longer of value to me, so whatever good can come of using the remaining parts is the best thing to do with it.

If you have an abortion and allow the aborted fetus or tissue to be used for research, why is that a bad practice? I fully understand those who are against abortion, but if it happens, why would you not want the tissue to be used for something positive if possible?


Is it just me, or does anyone else find it interesting that there is an entire class of people who proudly display their "pro-life" bona fides, while simultaneously enacting and supporting policies that make actual living problematic?


About Bruce S. Newman's Viewpoint, "Pay the Band" ...

On behalf of musicians and songwriters, I sincerely thank you, Bruce Newman.


Correction: An image in last week's calendar was misidentified. The caption should have read "Work by Nathan Yoakum at Jay Etkin Gallery."

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