AS A FORMER LUTHERAN minister, and as a man struggling with issues of self-identity and the integration of public and private lives, I’d very much like to commend the handling of the sensitive material in the article, “The Secret Life of Jeb Alexander” (11/5).

In marked contrast to the sometimes prurient style Washington City Paper has often adopted toward the subject of (male) homosexuality, I felt Nathalie op de Beeck’s introductory comments and the thoughtful transitions between diary entries pointed the way toward a concrete yet compassionate accounting of one man’s coming to terms with himself.

Thank you for not dwelling solely on the physical side of human love and for portraying a gentleman with a complex, stalwart, and spirited love of life here in the capital.

Stephen P. Forsberg, Arlington, Va.