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Crusin' in the Park

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Readers respond to an article in last week's issue ("Sports, SEALs Chase Off Gay Cruisers at Bryan Park", Sept. 15), that reported incidents of indecent exposure at Bryan Park have hit a lull, perhaps in part because of the park's increased use by sports organizations.

One only need drive around the park or look in the parking lots to see the large number of men, sitting alone in their cars, usually trucks it seems. Are they meditating? Just because arrests are down doesn't mean that the culture of the park has changed. Indeed, it hasn't. You can put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig. The surrounding neighborhoods reflect this reality, sadly. — T. Wilhelm, Sept. 16, 8:26 a.m.

Who cares if gay people hang out there? As long as they are not doing anything illegal they can be wherever they want. There are many gay people that live in that area. They walk their dogs on the sidewalks and drink latte in the coffee shops too. They also work and pay taxes. I would rather see them in the parks than the thugs any day. This article is somewhat strange coming from Style. — Glen Allen, Sept. 19, 6:38 p.m.

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