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WASHINGTON CITY PAPER should be commended for the quality journalism in “The Secret Life of Jeb Alexander” (11/5). I am curious as to whether City Paper’s gay/lesbian/bi readership would be open to considering the possibility that the repressive social environment in which homosexuals in the first half of the century lived actually contributed to the formation of the tasteful, cultured, intelligent character Alexander exemplifies, which stands in such stark contrast to such tacky expressions of today’s less-repressed environment like Dykes on Bikes, semi-nudes marching down Pennsylvania Avenue, and chocolate-covered genitalia passing as “art.”

Brookland