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June 24 2005

Volume 33
Issue 25

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Section One  
Letters
A SENSE OF PRIDE

Dear SGN,

Several years ago, my son wrote me a letter about being Gay. I felt relieved since he didn’t realize his father was also “out.”

We have become much closer and I just hope he is able to avoid some of the mistakes I have made along the way...too many.

Perhaps small blessings between us include sharing our good fortune, talking about current socializing, and not hesitating to include special events we attend together.

For years I lived in the closet. Now we’re both free.

A sense of Pride.

Calvin Hughes

WHY CAN’T WE CHOOSE WHO WE WANT TO LOVE?

To the Editor, Seattle Times:

In your article “Born gay? How biology may drive orientation” dated Sunday, June 19, 2005, you wrote: “If science proves homosexuality is innate, is there any basis to deny Gays equal treatment - including the right to marry?”

Why is it that the media and legislators perpetuates the flawed belief that a Gay person needs to be born that way to get equality under the law, when someone can choose a religion and be guaranteed equality under the law? Nobody is born with a religion, they have to be indoctrinated.

“Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on religion by a private employer, state or local government or educational institution with 15 or more employees for 20 or more weeks a year.”

Regards,

Bruce Barnett

CONFUSED REPORTER AT SEATTLE TIMES

To the Editor, Seattle Times:

Sandi Doughton’s piece about the biological aspects of homosexuality (“Born gay? How biology may drive orientation”, June 19) is confused. I wish she had researched your archives and included analyses from my full page Sunday Op Ed which you ran on this topic (Feb. 25, 1996). Nothing much has changed in nine years.

Had she done so, she might understand that Gayness in a family is as likely to be due to common environmental influences as biological ones, just like Catholicism which runs in families. If being queer is genetic, identical twins would likely both display it 100 percent, not just the 52 percent correlation she cites. The twin studies are methodologically faulty, as has been repeated pointed out in the literature. The current study noted in your sidebar is recruiting pairs of Gay brothers at the upcoming Pride Festival, thus skewing its sample, for instance, vis-a-vis situations where one (or both) of the siblings is still in the closet or in denial.

“Homosexual” was originally an adjective, describing certain forms of human conduct. It has come to be used as a noun and the confusion results from the belief that there are two mutually exclusive and immutable categories—homo and hetero. But this is obviously false. Had your reporter spent some time in any Seattle Gay bar she would have met many men with children, many who were once married, and many who might cringe at the thought of being in bed with a naked woman.

Rams are not “Gay.” This is anthropomorphizing of a sort best left to illustrated children’s books. To discuss it seriously is to confuse metaphor with reality. “Gay” is a human social construct. A dog who rubs him/herself up against my leg is not expressing a biological urge for interspecies sex.

Doughton writes that the ram researcher says that sexual orientation is “hard wired” into the animals’ brains, but the biologist’s own words later in the article are to the contrary: “I think there’s probably a very complex interaction that’s going on between both biology and the environment that is involved in determining these types of behaviors.” I agree.

The upcoming conference of right-wing Christian fundamentalists who want to prove that homosexuality is not biological so they can be able to change us, and the researchers who are often queer and want to prove that it’s not their “fault” that they are Gay, miss the point.

The issue is homophobia, not homosexuality. Anti-discrimination laws equally protect biological factors (e.g. gender) and chosen behaviors (like religion). Washington needs to amend its statute to include “sexual orientation” because discrimination is occurring here, not because of the possible results of any biological research.

Philip L. Bereano

HELP CARRY HUMONGOUS PRIDE FLAG

Hello Wonderful Volunteers!

Want to experience the Seattle Pride Parade from the inside out? Then come march with the LGBT Community Center on Sunday and help us carry the HUGE pride flag that requires about 12 pairs of hands to hold it up!

The Seattle LGBT Community Center is just fourth in line in the parade, so you’d still have a chance to go back and watch the rest of it with your friends when you’re done marching! It’s a win-win situation for all of us!

If you are interested, please email Zoe at zoe@seattlelgbt.org or call (206) 709-1114!

Thank you!!

Zoe

THE RIVER OF GOLD

Who would think that we could drink

From the River of Gold

That we may too, dine in the light

And sleep safely through the night.



Who would think a lowly stream

Could sweeten a bitter sea

We have the right to win the fight

For Justice and Liberty



We are the land, we are the free

We are the River of Gold

— Don Paulson

LIFELONG SAYS, ‘THANKS, SGN’

Dear SGN,

Thank you for your sponsorship of the 2004-05 season of Lifelong AIDS Alliance’s Gay Bingo. We just finished our most successful year ever and we couldn’t do it without you!

Tina Podlodowski & LAA Bingo Volunteers

Lifelong AIDS Alliance
   

SEX TALK
Simon Sheppard



DEAR GLENN
Glenn Pressel



NOT THINKING
STRAIGHT
Madelyn Arnold


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