Ethan St. Pierre

There Should Never Be a Question of Choice

Filed By Ethan St. Pierre | August 16, 2007 2:09 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Melissa Etheridge, presidential debates

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.

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.


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But here's the thing. Those same fundamentalists who keep up the constant drumbeat of "choice" and "lifestyle", also drone on and on about "the gift of Christ is free, but it is up to us to accept (or CHOSE, if you will) it".

Now, I believe they just admitted that they get "special rights" based on their choices (freedom of religion). Why then do they rely on the argument that being gay is a choice and that negates our access to "special" rights?

I don't think I will ever understand how they can make the leaps of logic that they do.