Oh, lord, I could not resist using that as a title. But I read this post the other day about whether being gay runs in families. And, of course, with all the talk about whether there’s a genetic component to being gay, that’s the question kind of being danced around. But David’s spin on it kind of blows my mind. He says “It’s part of your heritage.”
It’s weird how just switching from “genetic” to “heritage” has such a powerful effect, but it really does. Not only does it immediately get at the truth of the matter–that it’s not like people just started being gay in 1950, but that it is a part of our culture and families–but it also gets at the notion of what’s lost when we deny gay people the ability to publicly be themselves–it is (and always has been) an attack on them and their families, even if sometimes self-inflicted, because it denies them the right to their own heritage.
Anyway, I love it. I’m going to be thinking on that for a while.