Dear Abby totally shut down a whiny, entitled and obtuse bigot in the most eloquent and amazing way! After “UNHAPPY IN TAMPA,” which sounds redundant, wrote in to complain about community pressure to interact with her gay neighbors, Dear Abby fired back:
“DEAR UNHAPPY: I sure would. The first thing I’d like to say is that regardless of what you were told in your previous community, a person’s sexual orientation isn’t a “lifestyle choice.” Gay people don’t choose to be gay; they are born that way. They can’t change being gay any more than you can change being heterosexual.
I find it interesting that you are unwilling to reciprocate the hospitality of people who welcomed you and opened their homes to you, and yet you complain because you are receiving similar treatment.
From where I sit, you may have chosen the wrong place to live because it appears you would be happier in a less integrated neighborhood surrounded by people who think the way you do. But if you interact only with people like yourselves, you will have missed a chance for growth, which is what you have been offered here. Please don’t blow it.”
Grandmothers around the nation should rejoice with a response from Dear Abby on the right side of history.
Read the full complaint of UNHAPPY IN TAMPA’s uneducated dribble here.