AmeriNZ 197 – Does it matter?

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In a recent commentary at, Chandler Burr suggested the way to win GLBT rights is to point out that being gay is an inborn characteristic, not—as our religious opponents put it—a “lifestyle choice” (as if they evaluated the options and “chose” to be heterosexual). When people believe being gay is not a “choice”, they support us overwhelmingy.

Yet many GLBT people hate describing sexuality as an inborn characteristic. The argue that sexuality, and even gender, is fluid and in any case, saying “we’re born this way” means we’re claiming to be helpless victims. Our rights ought to be ours regardless of how or why we’re GLB or T. Some even reject “labels”, like, for example, gay singers who say they’re “singers who happen to be gay”.

Does it matter if we’re “born or made”? Is rejecting use of the word “gay” a form of internalised homophobia? And if we’re all just humans who vary, how do we take on our religious opponents who think we’ve “chosen” our sexuality?

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Links for this episode
Betraying the Cause? by Chandler Burr at

Eric Heiden on Wikipedia

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2 thoughts on “AmeriNZ 197 – Does it matter?

  1. Does it matter? To whom? As Arthur said early on, for some people, it does matter if homosexuality is “of nature”. If it’s “natural”, it cannot be “unnatural”.

    I have to disagree with Arthur on a minor comparison, though: left-handedness. While this tends not to be the case now, for decades, maybe centuries, children with left-handed tendencies were forced to use their right. And, apparently, they became quite adroit at it, too. I’ve always been fascinated about the fear of the southpaw, even showing up in language: sinister (Latin), gauche (French).

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