A story was just published about Timothy Kurek.  A straight man, he pretended
to be gay to gain insight into how it felt.  He is now publishing a book on his experience.  I am reminded of the book Black Like Me, published in 1961, in which a white journalist pretended to be black.  Regardless of how any of us feel about the issue of same sex attraction, I have to applaud his courage and the principle of actively gaining empathy with someone who is different from him.
Empathy is not about approving or disapproving, it is about understanding. 



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