Attached here is an image of the original post and my comment on it. As is often the case, gay and lesbian orientation was spoken of in terms of "what may have caused it" which subtly implies that some explanation is needed since there is something wrong with an LGBT orientation. I don't feel that the author harbors and blatant hatred or homophobia in his or her heart, but statements like the one from this article that I am repeating below belie a fundamental misunderstanding and bias with regard to sexual orientation:
".....However, the truth is, in the rounds of rebirth, everything is dynamic. People can change their preferences, although in the rounds of rebirth, everything is dynamic. People can change their preferences, although in the realm of sexuality, it is a slower long-drawn process. E.g. most are born gay/lesbian due to past life influences, and do not so much consciously choose to suddenly change their orientation in this life...."
My point here is a subtle but crucial one--why is a gay or lesbian orientation being viewed in terms of what may have "caused" it? Of course I am aware that all things are the product of previous causes and conditions, but one never hears about any possible reasons or explanations when it comes to why someone might have been born with a heterosexual orientation. That's taken as a given since it is more common in a statistical sense.
And speaking about the nature of an LGBT person in terms of "preference" trivializes and diminishes people. I prefer chocolate over vanilla--my orientation as a gay man is not a "preference".
Besides that, note the 'tag' below the post: SEX. Wouldn't it have been more appropriate to use a tag like 'civil rights', 'minorities', or even just 'gay/lesbian'?
Gay and lesbian people are all too often viewed solely as sexual beings, and this wrong view is often used to justify those that argue we can simply change our sexual behavior to appease the moral views of some who decontextualize the scriptures of their respective spiritual traditions.
I realize that many will think I'm being overreactive and too in-your-face about this but my aspiration here is to help end the suffering that so many LGBT people experience in this world. I'm incredibly grateful to see how far societal opinions have evolved and matured with regard to this matter, but there is still much work to be done and I don't want any gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person to suffer any more due to any form of homophobia--no matter how large or small in degree.
Interestingly, the author edited the original posting so that it now reads:
"....E.g. most are born homosexual or heterosexual due to past life influences, and do not so much consciously choose to suddenly change their orientation in this life. If any form of sexuality is fixated upon as a form of attachment from life to life, it would be impossible to transcend sexuality altogether...."
Below is the original posting from yesterday, and below that is how it now appears. At least the author seems to have gotten the point and I appreciate that.