Myth 1: Being LGBTQ is a choice.

This myth carries a lot of weight.  The element of choice is kept alive and blame is imposed on LGBTQ people for being who they are. They are told they are either choosing to be LGBTQ or they are choosing to live the “lifestyle.”

FALSE IMPLICATIONS:

  • People have a choice when it comes to sexual orientation, you can be something different than what you are.
  • LGBTQ people are consciously deciding their sexual orientation
  • Being LGBTQ is not a good choice.

FACT

  • Research on sexual orientation points to genes, hormones, and brain anatomy.

  • Sexual orientation is likely determined prenatally.

The Science of Sexual Orientation

  • If sexual orientation is a choice then people also choose to be heterosexual.

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