I identify myself in a variety of ways; it really depends on the circumstance. If I'm discussing veterans issues or the military, I identify as a 20yr vet. If the topic is farming I usually mention I grew up on a farm. If the topic is the outdoors, I'll identify as a hunter/fisherman/camper/etc. If the topic is about left handed people, I'll identify as such. And if the issue is gay rights or family issues, then I'll identify as a married gay man.<quoted text>
Yes, I agree with your comment, except for one thing. Sexuality is an integral part, but it is not something by which anyone should define themselves. When referring to yourself, do you say 'I'm a person', or do you say 'I'm a gay person'?
If it's the latter, then I submit you are assigning too much significance on just one part of what makes you a unique person. I'm not in 'denial' as you accuse; I simply do not believe sexuality is that important in defining self-image; nor should it be something by which you are judged. I know that you are fighting a battle against some serious inequities in our society. I will fight right next to you as it relates to marriage and family rights. Why? Because it's the right thing to do.
The one thing that I take exception to here is that some of you are taking swipes at me. That's fine, knock yourselves out. It's funny how quick you are to pick a fight when all I'm doing is trying to be an example for the idiots out there who discriminate against you.
I understand that the persecution can get to a point where your knee-jerk reaction is to fight, but it certainly was not my intent to stir it up.
In an average day my sexual orientation comes up no more often than it does for the average heteros.