July 10, 2007
Re: A Nominee's Abnormal Views
To the Editor:
I was taken aback to see in your otherwise-good editorial that you refer to gay men and women as "practicing homosexuals."
I no more "practice" my "homosexuality" than I "practice" being male, blue-eyed, and short. I can't change those things, nor can I (or would I) change my sexual orientation. I can change the things that I do "practice," such as being an attorney, piano playing, and cooking (and I practice them with the hopes of getting better!)
Your reference to "practicing homosexuals" unfortunately hearkens back to the dark past, where it was thought that being gay was a choice, something that could be turned on or off or stopped at will, rather than something inherent to who we are.
The funny thing is, the people who call it a choice are the ones who've never had to make it.