I want to begin with a very clear and definitive statement: I firmly support LGBT rights, which are logically implicit in the very notion of human rights. The right to pursue happiness is enshrined in the founding document of this country. I have beloved family, friends, and personal heroes (living and dead) who are (or were) members of the LGBT community. If a person is attracted to others of the same gender, or identifies with a gender other than the one with which they appear to have been born, then that person should be, and feel, free to pursue whatever individual truth is available and inherent to that nature, as with every other person in the world. This is, of course, followed by the inescapable caveat, “as long as you don’t harm anyone else.”* Since I have yet to hear of a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person seeking the right to harm other people, I need not belabor that caveat.
But I will NOT refer to an individual, no matter what their sexuality or identity, with a plural pronoun! Continue reading