Syndicated advice columnist Amy Dickinson published a letter in her column the other day from a distraught mother asking what she could do to make her son “stop being gay.” She is convinced that he is being gay just to punish her for forgetting his birthday.
Sadly she is not alone in a misguided belief that people choose to be gay there are far too many who share this attitude. They can never give you an answer, if you ask them, why anyone would choose to be something that will bring hatred and discrimination down on them because there is no answer that makes any sense.
Amy’s reply was not only sage advice, it was witty and evocative of a big smile. She suggested that the mother set an example for him to show him how painful this “choice” was to those who love him by changing her own sexuality and becoming a lesbian.