Equalize Love|Gay Rights, No Choice But to Fight for What’s Right by @HaleyBehre


Being gay is something one does not choose.

Rather it is who they are.

It is innate and second nature.

If it was a choice do you think people would willingly choose to take the road less traveled, knowing they are not seen equally under the law and, in some cases, can be prosecuted for being who they are, gay? I don’t know, maybe one would choose to take the road less traveled even if they had the choice.

But being gay is not a choice.

It is who they are.

Just like it is who I am to be a heterosexual, Asian American, who is, among other character traits, stubborn and passionate.

It is not something I choose, and my traits are something I sometimes wish I could change. But I can’t. They are as apart of me as being gay is apart of others. And people need to…

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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