Regarding the picture and headline on Page 3A of the July 10 edition of The Tribune:
I am disturbed, dismayed and disappointed at The Tribune’s coverage of this past Sunday’s annual LGBT event. The headline, “Pride in the Plaza draws Colorful Crowd,” accompanied by the photo of the drag queens certainly would have been more colorful had it fallen on a color page. But what deeply troubles me about this, is that the majority of attendees of this event are made up mostly of regular folks: men and women of all ages, with children and the occasional dog. They are your next-door neighbors, your co-workers, your family members, your local businesses and your friends.
The purpose of journalism is to provide information so people can be both equipped and empowered to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies and their governments. Maybe next year The Tribune could strive to capture the reality and truth of this annual celebration, rather than something akin to National Enquirer-type sensationalism, which is a common tool used to breed fear and hatred, not peace, love and understanding.
Shelley Doyle, San Luis Obispo
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