Researchers from the Czech Archaeological Society made an interesting discovery outside of Prague: The 5,000-year-old remains of a caveman were buried in an unusual manner. First, the male body was lying on its left side and its head was facing east. Second, the body was buried with domestic jugs and an egg-shaped pot.We were right to snicker because it's possible some of the earlier members of our genus were also gay. We were, of course, wrong to snicker because there's nothing to snicker about -- being gay is nothing more than a way of being human, or to put it in a way that embraces this new finding, being gay is just a way of being a Homo.
Why is this odd? Time reports the way the body was buried might mean the man was gay, because the burial is consistent with the way women were buried. The bodies of men faced west and they were buried with hammers, flint knives and weapons.
This is consistent with my expectation that science will sooner or later demonstrate the biological basis of homosexuality among humans -- which may or may not turn out to match the biological basis of homosexuality among other animals -- at which time it will make no more sense than it does now to discriminate, mistreat, or demean gay people.
Discrimination against gay people -- formal and informal, institutional and interpersonal, small and large, implicit and explicit -- should stop yesterday. Now, and for a span of time that may indeed exceed the span of time when our species has existed on earth, homosexuality has been a range along the continuum of natural human sexuality, and nothing to decry, dislike, or worry about.
While there are still too many people who refuse to acknowledge this, I remind anyone reading this who happens to be gay that it gets better -- really, it does, and it will get better for you.