The inappropriate posts, and their responses, have been deleted from this thread.
In the future, I would appreciate it very much if you (a) did not respond to inappropriate posts and (b) notified the BPL forum staff here: firstname.lastname@example.org immediately if you see an inappropriate post.
We are also working on the REPORT POST feature so that inappropriate posts can be dealt with more swiftly.
I apologize to the community here for not catching this sooner.
In response to the original posts that sidetracked this thread, I offer this:
The content of this communications targeted inappropriate bias towards a forum member regarding sexual orientation. Whether the poster was kidding or not, whether it's true or not, and regardless of their intentions, this is unacceptable forum behavior at BackpackingLight.com.
If anyone disagrees with this, then I urge you to reconsider whether or not BackpackingLight.com is the best type of forum community for you.
I discourage you from these types of postings because it serves no purpose towards BackpackingLight.com's mission, and it destroys our community.