Come On, It's 2006...Why Still The Negativity!

Today's Philadelphia Inquirer had a brief story in the "Newsmakers" section about Simon Cowell, the "mean" judge on American Idol and how Cowell, just a couple of years ago had to deal with rumors he was gay. It made me think: why is there still such a negative attitude when someone is gay? Why do people have to "deal" with rumors about being gay? Do people "deal" with rumors about being black? Do people "deal" with rumors about having blonde hair? (Some do if it's colored). Do people have to "deal" with having blue eyes? I mean what's the BIG "deal" anyway? So what if someone's gay! It's not their choice! Lance Bass, the singer with the group 'N Sync just admitted that he was gay, and it took an entire article in People Magazine. It just blows my mind! It's 2006! You would think that Americans would be able to handle the fact that someone is gay as it's just another part of a person's life. Do we make a big deal about someone being straight? So what's the big deal about being gay?