Some of the netizens on Twitterverse are talking about this, and before we post their thoughts about this topic here, no… being gay is not a choice. This is according to experts and researchers.
American Psychological Association (APA) for instance, stated on their website that although it is up to us whether we want to act on our feelings or not, “psychologists do not consider sexual orientation to be a conscious choice that can be voluntarily changed.” You can read their article in full here.
In addition, Dr. Richard Pillard, along with J. Michael Bailey who’s a professor of psychology at Northwestern University, conducted a series of studies on sexual orientation in the ‘90s. Dr. Pillard, by the way, is a professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and the first openly gay psychiatrist in the United States. The two researchers, whose findings were published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, found that “homosexuality is largely biologically determined, not environmentally influenced.” In BU Today’s interview with Dr. Pillard, he discussed how “being gay runs in families much more frequently than you would expect by chance alone.”
Dr. Pillard added:
And the pattern is hard to specify: that is, in some cases they’re brothers and sisters, in some cases it’s parents and children, or aunts and uncles. So it’s hard to put that into theory given what we know about genes and behavior, which is to say, not a lot.
However, a recent study revealed that “There is no ‘gay gene’ that determines whether someone has same-sex partners,” said Andrea Ganna who is the lead researcher of a group of scientists from various universities and research institutes in the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Australia, Sweden, and Denmark. Their study was designed “in order to better understand the diverse set of factors that may contribute to sexual behavior.”
While critics may use their findings to rationalize how “being gay is a choice,” GLAAD’s Chief Programs Officer Zeke Stokes said that Ganna, Neale, Maier, et al’s research:
Provides even more evidence that being gay or lesbian is a natural part of human life, a conclusion that has been drawn by researchers and scientists time and again. The identities of LGBTQ people are not up for debate. This new research also reconfirms the long-established understanding that there is no conclusive degree to which nature or nurture influence how a gay or lesbian person behaves.
Having said all that, here is some of what the Twitterverse has to say on the matter: