Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.
Are we any worse than our straight counterparts? I don't think so. It's just more repugnant when we do it, because we should know better. After all, we're a group that is systematically discriminated against at all levels of society.
In our own lives we are aware of gross injustices and events that have happened to us, but we take the little injustices for granted. But just like major traumas in life, little incidents and ongoing conditions can affect us seriously, even insidiously.
Not long ago I was introduced to a few staff members at my publisher's offices as the author of a book on gay and lesbian manners. Without missing a beat, two staffers jumped in: "I thought all gay people have good manners!"
I am exhausted. I've spent all week trying to brainwash children into being gay by inserting homosexuality into their math, geography and science lessons. That, at least, is what you'd believe had you read some of Britain's newspapers this week.