Comic Strip Causes Controversy

The comic strip “For Better or Worse” will shift attention to the love life of its gay character, Lawrence, for a four-day series. The Universal Press Syndicate informed over 1,700 papers of the forthcoming series, and 20 or more newspapers have decided to use reruns from 1995. Lynn Johnston, “For Better or Worse” creator, faced similar controversy in 1993 when Lawrence revealed he was gay, but in each case the number of newspapers choosing not to run the strip is very small compared to the total number in its distribution. Although Johnston is displeased with this latest controversy, she stated “it’s not frustrating for me but for the people who are harassed because they have to put up with this every minute of their lives.”


New York Times AP Online - August 14, 1997

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