As a gay man, what I hope for and seek is equality no more and no less. I am not asking to be a "protected class" of citizen, to use Ben Watkins' label in "Invasive acronym" (Forum, June 13).
Watkins has not paid attention to the ongoing discussion in the media about sexual orientation. Neither Watkins nor I (nor anyone) chose our sexual orientation any more than we choose our height, skin color or blood type. Investigators have evidence that genes, hormone fluctuation in the uterus during development and other environmental factors determine sexual orientation.
We are born with it, and it's immutable. It is not like a "strong desire to ride skateboards" or " women who want more than one husband."