I was a little ticked off at the HRC/Logo Presidential Forum, when Melissa Etheridge asked Governor Richardson if he thought that homosexuality is a choice or something that you are born with. First, I wasn't aware that if you choose to have sex with someone that you are in jeopardy of losing your civil rights and more important that it would be okay that your civil rights were revoked simply because you were able to make that choice.
There Should Never Be a Question of Choice
Second, I wasn't aware of any medical breakthroughs proving that homosexuality is something one is born with. I don't think that any of us have a real choice when it concerns attractions. I've been attracted to both men and women. But, are we born with a predetermination of which sex we will be attracted to?
According to the American Psychiatric Association:
There are numerous theories about the origins of a person's sexual orientation; most scientists today agree that sexual orientation is most likely the result of a complex interaction of environmental, cognitive and biological factors.
Should the question of choice vs. nature really have been brought up at a presidential forum
when the whole premise that homosexuality is not a choice is based on theory?
Furthermore, should the message that is sent to America from the largest LGBT organization be that if it is a choice we don't deserve civil rights?
I guess that when Melissa asked that question, she wasn't thinking about a woman's right to choose.