I was struck by the contrasting motives on display in two March 3 articles.

The news article “Broader LGBT data poised to emerge” detailed the ongoing effort to expand our demographic knowledge about gay men and lesbians in order to serve them more effectively. This entails asking people about their sexual attractions, behavior and identity, with the goal of developing statistics to enable better support in areas such as public health and the military.

How unlike the motivation of the NFL executive, mentioned in Mike Wise’s Sports column, “The days of being consumed with an athlete’s sexual orientation aren’t over, but they should be,” who asked football prospect Nick Kasa whether he liked girls. When its purpose is exclusion, the question should be left unasked.

Douglas M. Pollock, Oakton