With the official word out on the status on Anderson Cooper’s sexual orientation, I can’t help but wonder what things will be like for my son if life ends up pointing him in that direction.
Nature vs Nurture is a debate that will never end. Personally, I feel like it can be either/or and sometimes both, and that not only applies to sexual orientation but to many aspects of life. I know many people who’ve looked at their families and how they were raised and said ‘this will not be my life’. I also know the flip-side, those who fall right in line and never break out of the life their families design for them.
I also believe that many people feel a certain way because they’ve always felt that way. It’s just how they were made. I don’t see it any different than how some people don’t like fish or sports. It’s just who they are.
Will my son like boys?
If he does, will it matter?
Being only three, Cullen has a lifetime of years ahead of him. How will society change in those years? Will it still be news 15 years from now if a grown man says ‘I like men’? Will he have to worry about his co-workers finding out or that he can’t show affection publicly to someone he loves for fear of how others will react?
Will we still treat other human beings so poorly in 15 years?
My only wish for my son is that he grows up happy. My wish for society is that they will let him have his happy, no matter if it’s with a man or a woman.