There is an interesting article, followed by a program tonight on CNN’s Paula Zahn, that examines the science of sexual orientation. I don’t have cable, so I won’t be watching the show, but the article implies it will be looking at the similarities that gays and lesbians all seem to share in regard to walking, talking, hearing and other traits. I feel rather uncomfortable with some it, because of the stereotypes of people “walking gay” or “talking gay” but it would seem to explain how people were calling me a fag before I even knew what it meant. I know many other gays and lesbians who share that same experience. People seem to know we are gay before we even know. My own mother tells me that she always knew. She can’t say how, but she knew when I was small.
Do gay people all walk the same?
Do gay people talk the same or share the same hair “whorl”?
Let the science decide.
I have my own reservations as to what science will do to end the violence against gays, but maybe if we can show scientifically that few people really do change their sexual orientation, then people will stop saying this is a choice. According to my mother, if this was a choice, then I made the choice at about 3 years old. Don’t know what I was thinking, and it seems not to be an informed choice I made at such a young age, but according to my mom, that would be around the time she seems to think she knew I was gay. So if this is a choice, I made the choice to be gay at 3. (yes, I am laughing as I write this)
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