Letter: The importance of being Julie

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The Independent Online
From Mr Simon Watney

Sir: If Julie Burchill thinks that by bedding down with Charlotte Raven she automatically becomes "an important member of the gay community", she has another think coming to her. Burchill has consistently blamed gay men for Aids, indifferent to our achievement in this crisis as she is to our awful losses.

Only three weeks ago, in the Evening Standard, Ms Burchill eloquently denied she is gay. Come on Julie! We've all read about post-modernism and the "liquidity" of sexual identities, but this is ridiculous. For goodness sake, get back in that closet. We already have one Camille Paglia, and one is more than enough.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Watney

London, NW1