As openly gay, reader questions hatred

I have a few questions to ask.

Why are people so homophobic? Why do you hate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender Americans? What did the entire the LGBTQ community ever do to you? As a very proud, openly gay American man I really want to know if there are people in Fulton County and Montgomery counties and throughout America that have a hatred and a bigotry towards lesbians, gays, transgenders, and questioning people? I really hate when people say that you choose to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender because that is totally 100 percent false. Because you are born that way. Personally, I didn’t choose to be gay, I was just born this way.

Why do people think it’s their business to worry about someone else’s sexual orientation? People have to stop thinking about what is going on in other people’s lives and learn how to open-minded. There are religious organizations that say that being a homosexual is a sin and is against everything that God stands for. That isn’t true at all, because that’s a myth. God created everyone in his very own image and gave us the greatest gift of all, eternal life. If God didn’t want me and everyone else to be the way that we are, God wouldn’t have made us the way we are. Everyone in the LGBTQ community didn’t choose to be the way that are, because they born that way. I was born gay, just like everyone who is heterosexual was born a heterosexual. Stop discriminating the LGBTQ community. Always remember that love trumps hate!

JOSEPH EDWARD BENTON JR.

Gloversville