Joyce Keller’s June 21 letter says public libraries shouldn’t celebrate LGBTQ. In response, I would like to ask two questions: What if we’ve got it backwards? What if families are destroyed and children are committing suicide not because we accept homosexuality, but because we reject it?
Recent science supports what people who are LGBTQ have said all along: It’s not a choice. According to American cardiologist James O’Keefe, epigenetics determines sexual preference.
Genetic switches are set in the womb and can be influenced by birth order and the mother’s health. For example, a boy’s chances of being gay increases by 33 percent for every brother born in the family before him.
In another study, 37 percent of gay men had mothers who experienced prenatal stress, compared to 3 percent of heterosexual men.
O’Keefe cites a study that shows LGBTQ kids are twice as likely to be bullied and five times more likely to commit suicide. They also make up 20 percent to 40 percent of our homeless youth.
Traditional religious beliefs shield many straight kids from suicidal ideation but tend to increase it for LGBTQ youth. LGTBQ youth who are religious are 50 percent more likely to think about taking their own lives than their peers.
Negative preaching from the pulpit contributes to feelings of depression and increases acts of rejection.
Opening up a balanced dialogue to discuss these complex social issues is important. What better place to start than in a neutral public space like a library?
SYLVIA J. ANDRUS