I am writing in response to Dell Drauchi’s letter, [Call me anti-gay not homophobic, Aug. 13, The TIMES], to correct a few misconceptions on his part.
Despite Dell’s assertion, homosexuality is a normal part of the human sexuality spectrum.
It is not a choice – when did he choose to be a heterosexual – and there are physiological differences between the brains of straight and gay people probably caused by testosterone levels in the womb.
It is also quite common in the animal kingdom, including primates and bats, and there are several evolutionary explanations for its prevalence in our species.
In addition, languages evolve, so the meanings of words change over time. Gay, straight, homophobia, and most swear words now have meanings or connotations that are quite different from their original definitions. We even have new words being added to the dictionary each year. Try to keep up.
Since Dell brought up sin, I can only assume his objections to homosexuality are religiously based. He might want to take a closer look at how many things used to be considered sins, and are now accepted by society.
I am heterosexual myself, and I fully admit that gays creeped me out as a teenager.
However, as I grew up and became more educated, I came to realize that what consenting adults do to express their love for each other is none of my business.
It has no effect on my, and probably Dell’s, life whatsoever, and to equate it with rapists and child molesters is ridiculous.
I think that Dell worries that knowledge of homosexuality will traumatize children, or teach them to be gay, or somehow hurt traditional marriage, the traditional family, or other nonsense.
What supporting gay rights and gay marriage does is teach our kids tolerance, not to discriminate, and respect for those who are different.
Personally, I think that is a good thing.
Michael Glenister, Maple Ridge
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