To the Editor:
I am writing in response to Robert Lee’s letter to the editor in Monday’s Collegian. Firstly, I did not read the original article to which Mr. Lee refers to, so I apologize in advance if I do not have the full picture.
Mr. Lee states that comparing homosexuality with skin color in terms of an individual’s psychological makeup is “absurd.” According to Mr. Lee, homosexuality is a choice and not a biological fact like race. He closes his letter by condemning the Collegian’s viewpoint as “simply ignorant.”
Well Mr. Lee, I do not think that the intent of the Collegian’s editorial was to infantilize homosexuals, nor was the intent to plead for the heterosexual community’s pity, as you call it. The intent is to state that race, gender, or sexual orientation is not matters of free will, but rather of biological predisposition. I did not choose to be white, male, or heterosexual–it’s just who I am.
There is plenty of research being conducted that infers that sexuality may not be a social issue. A homosexual friend of mine once told me that he always knew that he was different. He always liked boys. He didn’t just wake up one day and decide to choose homosexuality. Who would choose a path that leads to discrimination and isolation anyway? A homosexual lifestyle is certainly not an easy one.
Maybe next time Mr. Lee decides to come to the so-called defense of homosexuals he will think twice and leave homosexuals to speak for themselves.
Asst. Women’s Swim Coach
Colorado State University