Kai Wright offers a beautiful meditation on why it matters to everyone, not just “the gays.”
I refuse to argue, for instance, that I didn’t “choose” to be gay. Sure I did, and that’s what’s great about it. Every openly gay person has had to make an active choice to reject shame and embrace his or her own, self-defined sexuality; that’s a step a whole lot of straights could stand to take, too.
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Maybe if we gays reclaimed our posts at the frontline of the fight for sexual liberation, we could lead everyone in figuring out how to do that. Then we’d all have happy, proud sex lives that are both disease-free and riotously fun.
I’ll just note that increasingly I am more interested in thinking about what it means to “choose to be gay,” a notion that, to my mind, is much more radical than we often allow. That for another post.