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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