PHILIP D DELNON
Sir: I find the renaming of Gay Pride as Mardi Gras offensive (Philip Hensher, 2 July). It is 30 years since the Stonewall riot, during which time very little legal improvements have occurred for gays. Despite the awful position still facing gays in 1999, the controllers of Mardi Gras want us to stick on an outrageous costume and show the world how much fun we are, whilst charging us pounds 10 for the effort. Political ordinary gays should reclaim their agenda.
Sir: I was not so bothered by the chap apparently chewing the snake (Gambian snake charmer: letters page photograph, 5 July), as by the depths the cigarette companies will sink to in order to promote the cause of lung cancer around the world, as shown by the advertising slogan on his T-shirt. I welcome the publishing of the picture to raise the profile of this form of exploitation.
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