Why is their sexuality newsworthy?

According to a front-page story in the June 26 edition of the Advocate, “Two gay cowboys are hoping to be the pride of Central Alberta when they compete for a big pay day in Amazing Race Canada next month.”

According to a front-page story in the June 26 edition of the Advocate, “Two gay cowboys are hoping to be the pride of Central Alberta when they compete for a big pay day in Amazing Race Canada next month.”

While I suspect most Central Albertans would wish them success, why is it necessary for us to know they are gay? The Advocate would never print a story about, say, two heterosexual cowboys, so why is the sexual orientation of the Innisfail duo reported?

I thought we all wanted to be considered equal, but as George Orwell famously wrote, “Some are more equal than others.”

Until people stop unnecessarily displaying their sexual preferences, they cannot expect to be treated with the respect they crave.

Central Albertans should admire their fellow citizens’ achievements regardless of their sexual status.

Jack Van Vliet

Red Deer County