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James C. Hormel, JD Biography

Former United States Ambassador to Luxembourg
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"

“One of the main reasons discrimination persists is that many people in America… advance and reinforce the myth that being gay is a choice. For them, it is as if we silly LGBT people would be perfectly happy and healthy if we would just make a different set of decisions about our lives. As a young boy growing up in Austin, Minnesota, teachers forced pens into my right hand in the futile hope of correcting my left-handedness. If they had known I was gay, they might have tried to fix that, too. They would have failed. I spent the first 35 years of my life trying very hard not to be gay, to the extent that I married my college sweetheart and created a beautiful family of five children with her. Hard as I tried to make that life work, I could not escape my attraction to men. Choice had nothing to do with it…

Until the time that people accept that all of us are born into our sexual orientation and identity, LGBT citizens will still endure discrimination and selective application of the Constitution’s protections.”

“Being Gay Is Not a Choice,”, Nov. 16, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairman, Equidex, Inc.
  • United States Ambassador to Luxembourg, June 1999-Dec. 2000
  • Member, US Delegation to the 51st UN Human Rights Commission, 1995
  • Former Assistant Dean and Dean of Students, University of Chicago Law School
  • Founding Board Member, Human Rights Campaign
  • JD, University of Chicago Law School
  • BA, History, Swarthmore College, 1955
  • Twitter handle: @JamesCHormel
  • First openly gay US Ambassador
  • Grandfather founded Hormel Foods, makers of Spam
Quoted in:
  1. Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?