In his column for Jan. 5, 2005, gay activist/author Wayne Besen examines the possible reasons why gay couples in nearly all of America remain afraid to hold hands or show affection in public.

In Besen’s view, the rationalizations of the antigay movement — that there are too few homosexuals, or that homosexuals are emotionally diseased — do not survive even basic scrutiny. The well-documented rise in violence against gay people remains an undeniable cause for fear among gay couples.

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