In an interview in TIME two weeks ago, Laura Schlessinger spoke out about her reactions to many gays' and lesbians' negative response to her. I was fascinated by how she saw her own reflection in the mirror she has held up to the lesbian and gay community for more than a year. She claims that her image has been distorted; ironically, that's the same claim we have been making about what she has done to our image. The distinction, then, must lie in who holds the mirror and at what angle. Here is how I see it:

When Laura and I...

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