Being gay not a choice
Re. Mark Sarver's Jan. 16 letter, “Born that way,” in which he says being gay is an alternative lifestyle: I myself have participated in alternative lifestyles. I was kind of a hippie in my teens, then turned into a yuppie in my 20s. I skipped that Goth/heavy metal thing.
During this time, I met and became friends with some intelligent, caring and tolerant people I greatly admire. Yes, they are gay. Everyone knows someone who is gay — it could be a doctor, nurse or football player. Ask him if being gay made it easier to obtain his goals. I doubt he'll say it did.
I made the choice to be a hippie and a yuppie. I am trying to be more caring and tolerant because I can make those choices. I can't make the choice to be gay, just as any gay person can't wake up in the morning and decide to be straight.
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