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    True to themselves, they make our lives richer

    It was a pleasure to read the two side-by-side stories on the front of last Sunday’s Metro section: “Ex-Celtic Collins is a favorite at Hub’s Gay Pride Parade” and “Grads receive the Wampanoag travel blessing.”

    I was struck by both young men’s courageous path to being true to themselves, and how former Boston Celtic Jason Collins and Mashpee High School graduate Doug Pocknett Jr. are both receiving the well-deserved respect of their peers.

    What is even more inspiring is their commitment to their respective communities, and to the world at large.

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    Thanks for highlighting how honoring one’s difference — whether in sexual orientation or in culture — serves to make all of our lives richer.

    Robert Fettig

    Jamaica Plain