I have reason to believe that a young man in my family may be gay. (He is 15.) I have been thinking a lot about this lately, and have been wondering if circumcision would cure it. What do you think?" --Grandmother in Missouri
Thankfully, Abby (Jeanne Phillips) had this to say:
"Dear Missouri Grandmother:
Homosexuality is not an illness, and therefore there is no need for a 'cure.' I predict that your family will be happier if you accept you relative exactly the way he is, love him, support him, and stop trying to think of ways to cure him.
PS. Circumcision is a sacred rite of the Jewish religion. If your theory were valid, then there would be no Jewish homosexuals. And yet, among the successful, gay, Jewish men who are 'out' are Harvey Fierstein, Michael Finestein, Barney Frank and David Geffen-- to name a few. (Oops! And let's not forget Isaac Mizrahi.)"
Right on, Abby. Right on.