You don’t have to be much of an essentialist to go further than Vidal, though. I don’t assume you object to calling people Republicans or doctors, for instance, based on what they do. I figure sexual orientation to be more basic than your occupation or party affiliation. Not that I’m an orientation essentialist along the lines of the rainbow activists. Just that attraction to and congress with hims or hers can be very consistent.
Anyway, if all we were allowed to say is that we’re sinful humans describing humanity would be knida boring.
Ronald Reagan was a Democrat. Then he smartened up and became a Republican. It wasn't hard to do. One can say "I 'am' a Democrat" without denying the possibility of change.
Some folks like candy. Then they become diabetic and the candy has to go. One can say "I 'am' a candy lover" without actually eating candy.
Some folks like their wine. Then they like it too much and they struggle with alcoholism. Some win that struggle and some do not. Now, some folks do say "I 'am" an alcoholic and I cannot change. I may never drink again, but I will always "be" an alcoholic."
Homosexuality may be like that. It's not like "being" a Democrat, or "being" a candy lover. It's like having a strong and relentless temptation toward alcohol. On the whole, society recognizes that fighting that temptation is worthwhile.
But the homosexuals have convinced society that their little temptation needs to be applauded. They say their homosexuality is essential to their being. It cannot be changed. It cannot be fought. Indeed, they wish to embrace that sin with actual pride.
I guess I like Gore Vidal's approach because he was unapologetic about just choosing to be that way. He didn't have to be that way. It wasn't like he was born that way. He just liked it that way.
I found that refreshing and honest.