Finally, it is all out in the open. The last closet door swung open long ago and homosexuality stands boldly in the public and along with it Americans have come face to face with their own bigotry and insecurities. Although, few would probably admit it openly, nearly everyone has an opinion about homosexuality. For the fundamental religionist, homosexuals are an abomination and deserve what ever happens to them and the righteous punishment of an indignant creator. For the staunch conservative, homosexuality represents "unnormal" that should be kept under the covers or in the closet where it belongs. For liberals, it should be brought out in public and the public should be accepting. All of these represent extreme stances even though there are many who agree with any or all of them. The mention of homosexuality makes the hair stand up on the back of some people's necks and sends others running to protect their children from the horde of homosexuals who are about to descend upon humanity turning the world into a Sodom and Gomorrah. However, once the panic subsided American found that homosexuality did not go back into the closet and that it is alive and very apparent in American Society. In the black community, homosexuality is often misunderstood and held in disgust largely out of that misunderstanding and a large doses of preconceived ideas. However, more and more homosexuals are going public in the black community and as they do, the black community finds itself in the strange position of discriminating. The discrimination tag fits uncomfortably for a people who have been discriminated against so terribly. Yet, there is blatant discrimination against homosexuals in the black community. It seems like all of a sudden the community is rife with homosexuals, but the truth is they have always been there-only they were deep in the closet. We knew them growing up, especially male homosexuals. We knew who they were by the way they talked, the way they walked and the way they wore their clothes. We knew, which leads me to my next subject. There is good evidence that homosexuals are born. So far, the evidence has proved inconclusive as far as homosexuality being genetic. However, there is good evidence that homosexuality runs in families the same as diabetes. There is evidence that is not a case of a girl being born a boy or boy being born a girl, although that does happen, it that people are have no more choice in being heterosexual or gay than they do in choosing their eye color. Many will insist that being a homosexual is a life style choice, but who would willingly choose to be denigrated, harassed, threatened or even killed by declaring such a position? It would not be a rational choice although there certainly must be some people who do make a conscious choice to join the homosexual lifestyle. Are homosexuals born or made? Are the men in prison who have punk boyfriends gay or straight. Where is the line? Personally, I believe it is inescapable. Gay people had no choice in the matter-that is who they are and will always be. Now, where does that put them as far as character, courage and morality? I submit that it makes them no different from anyone else other than holding a different sexual orientation.