BW Barkley thinks the majority of people consider homosexuality to be wrong and claims that gay people should keep their sexuality to themselves. Presumably he would not wish black or Jewish colleagues to discuss their racial/ethnic backgrounds or female colleagues to discuss women's issues?
The sizeable minority (one in 20? ) who are born with the genetic pre-disposition to be attracted to people of the same sex can either be rejected and marginalized by society (with the inherent teenage suicides etc), or can be encompassed as part of its bountiful diversity.
How boring our lives would be if the likes of George Michael, KD Lang, Sir Ian McKellen, Michelangelo, Rudolf Nureyev, or David Hockney had not been allowed to fully express themselves. As for famous gay civil engineers, I'm not sure.
Graeme Calf, email@example.com