The above photo is a billboard on display in Richmond, Virginia in December 2014. Here is one reaction from a local gay activist:
“I am shocked and really disappointed that at the end of 2014, we have a billboard in the middle of our city that says that kind of hate.” ~ Beth Panilaitis, executive director of Rosmy in Richmond, VA.
So it’s hateful to express the belief that homosexuality is not completely biologically determined? The word ‘completely’ is important. The reason for the billboard is to counter the gay argument that homosexuality is inborn like race. Now consider the following:
No one knows what causes heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality. ~ Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, directly quoting the American Psychiatric Association
Some people believe that sexual orientation is innate and fixed; however, sexual orientation develops across a person’s lifetime. ~ American Psychiatric Association
Sexual orientation is commonly discussed as if it were solely a characteristic of an individual, like biological sex, gender identity, or age. This perspective is incomplete because sexual orientation is defined in terms of relationships with others. ~ American Psychological Association
So sexual orientation cannot be determined like biological sex because it “is defined in terms of relationships with others.” One can be black or white without interacting with others after birth but sexual orientation requires relationships with others for the attractions to be determined. Most mental-health professionals believe there is some biological component to sexual orientation. But in the full sense of the definition of sexual orientation, nobody’s sexuality can be determined at birth.
“We do not know why people are heterosexual. Maybe when we figure that out, we can determine why some people are not.” ~ Richmond Gay Community Foundation executive director Bill Harrison
What Mr. Harrison probably means, like the mental-health associations, is we do not know exactly why people are heterosexual or not. The above quotes show we do have some idea. Bravo to Mr. Harrison for acknowledging this truth. For this, are gay activist like Mr. Harrison to be charged with hating gay people?