If it were a choice, it shouldn't matter. It would not be a sin unless you choose to believe in such things, and it would not make the relationships any less valid unless you choose to view them as less valid.
We believe there is a need for a new narrative, a new strategy, and new tools to construct more inviting and welcoming pathways into mental health treatment. The millenials and younger generation will drive badly needed "new rules" on de-stigmatizing mental illness.
Why are some people so quick to latch on to bold claims about the biological origins of homosexuality? I think it's because they believe that we need to show that we're born gay in order to establish that our sexuality is a deep, important and relatively fixed part of who we are.
Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay features the stories and childhood photos of over 100 notable public figures from the gay community. The book evolved from Vitagliano's blog of the same name, which he launched as a way to support LGBT youth.
The idea is that when the epi-marks on genes that affect sexual orientation get passed from father to daughter, then some traits end up more masculinized. Likewise, mother-son transmission of epi-marks can result in the feminization of some traits.
Many would argue that discrimination against left-handers or homosexuals is indefensible regardless of the origins of those attributes, but human prejudices are complex, and the simple reality is that many people find it easier to accept a difference that is believed to be innate.
While the stories and photos in Born This Way range from heartbreaking to hilarious and are each uniquely told by a range of voices, from the famous (like Sen. Barney Frank and singer-songwriter Sia) to "everyday" people, it's heartening to discover how much common ground we share.