We are amazed that there are still enough people out there that care about whether a man or woman is gay to make coming out stories newsworthy. Yet in recent weeks two prominent people came out: CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Astronaut Sally Ride (whose relationship with her same sex partner was released last week after her death).
Thankfully, it is becoming less and less a concern of society. Indeed for more and more of those under age 40, it is becoming less and less of issue. After all one’s sexuality is only a piece of what her or she is. Adults, heterosexual, homosexual or any of the gray areas in between, generally do not sit around discussing their sex lives with anyone except with those whom they are intimate.
Why should it matter if person, celebrity, teacher, coach, or whomever is gay? Just a quick glance of the news demonstrates that heterosexuals do not have lock on morality. How many teachers and coaches have been involved inappropriate relationship with their students? We guess there’s a proportional split among the various proclivities.
Still incredibly the Boy Scouts are continuing its ban on gay Scouts and gay Scout leaders. We firmly believe it is their right to do so but would again argue why should they care? We reiterate that a person’s sexuality is only a slim portion of their whole being. By excluding a whole class of people based on their sexual preference, it sends the wrong message that being gay is somehow wrong and that it is a choice. Being gay, like being straight, is neither. We take the more Taoist view that it just is.
Fortunately we devotedly believe that the day is coming when sexual preference, as well as race and religion, will merely be part of one’s vital statistics, like eye color or blood type and not really worth a second
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