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Are people born gay/straight/bi or....
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I dont think people are born to understand their sexuality. I guess they develop the sense of affection by what they see and feel. I reckon hormone development plays a part in this too. I reckon hormones tell you more about your sexuality. Once your hormones mature and stabilises, it's up to the person to realise their actions and reactions in front of the different genders, and then establish their sexuality. I reckon it would take a great deal of strength and courage to confront that you are homosexual and I really respect them. People always talk about human rights, equality and that sort of stuff in the 21st century, yet they discriminate people that are different. People always say they live in a 21st century world. Are we really thinking in a 21st century way? or are we still stuck in the time of the 19th or 20th century?
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Ignore my last post it was a rash opinion without thinking about the issue. It does seem logical that your born bi and throughout your upbringing you cultivate this to prefer the same sex, oppisite sex or both. Specially since some animals actually show homosexual or bisexual tendencies.
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everworld_gal wrote:

i think we're born straight...and after that influenced to everything else. but...there's also the whole XXY thing...so i guess it's hard to say??


no trust me I love psychology, and you don't start to develop a sense of what your attracted to until on average the age of 6, once Sexual orentation is established whether hetero or homo it is highly resistant to change(notes) (for those I changed believers yeah right)

its all about chemicals called pheromones they decided what you will like, whether it be younger ppl, men, women...etc...no one choses who they like (from watching brain docu)

(notes)in psychology the definition for sexual orentation is as follows: The direction of a person's emotional and erotic attraction toward members of the opposite sex, the same sex, or both sexes.

here are myths about what determines homosexual (notes):
Homo is due to unpleasant early hetero experiences
Homo is the result of an abnormal relationship between parent and child

Evidence from twin studies suggests that genetics plays a role, they have difference in brain structures (notes)

(most info/wording got from my notes from my class)

there is a thing called gender roles that our society and different cultures assign to how Males and females are suppose to act or do things and that doesn't mean its the only way to go...
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i think everyone's born straight. but it's all about the hormones and stuff... PLUS the influence.

so ...

u can't be gay in your mom's womb, can you?
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There is research being done on all variations of this question. They say that it is possible that while a fetus is in developement in the womb that fluctuations in the mother's hormone levels as well as the fetus's hormon levels (due to being affected by it's environment) could possible be the actual defining point on whether or not a child is born "gay/straight or bi". The theory is that a boy child who is developed in a lack of testosterone is completely subjected to the estrogen and can in fact influence not just their sexual orientation, but as well as their entire personality (I.E. Making them more feminine in nature). The same goes for female fetus's formed in too much testosterone with a lack of estrogen. Hormone therapy is being experimented with the mindset that it might one day be the "Cure" for homosexuals who do not wish to be gay/bi (if anyone is intelligent, they will realize that over 60% of all people who report they are homosexuals say they did not choose to be that way and wish they weren't, even going so far as to deny that they feel certain ways).

Honestly, I could give two craps less what everyones sexual orientation is. If you care about someone elses, then you have way to much time on your hands.
Posted 5/23/07
its there choice to be gay.
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animoo_x wrote:

Apparently [and apologies that I don't have proof or links or statistics to back it up] people don't realise their true sexuality until later on in life. So through the ages of about teens to late twenties, possibly, you go through a period of drift where you can "experiment".

But when I announced this to my friends they completely disregarded it and then continued to accuse me of being gay. So not sure whether this point is true.


That actually makes sense. I and many others I know know what it's like to be a teenager, so I don't see why your friends would dismiss it, although I do believe people can be fully aware of their sexuality at various ages within their teens and early adulthood.
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This is only my personal belife so feel free to disagree...or agree...

When we are born we are deviod of a sexual orientation because we don't understand what a sexual orientation is. We have as we get older certain natural impulses that are suppose to insure the survival of our species and our genes, as do animals. Their is bisexuality in the animal world lots of animals will have it off with either gender...so these natural impulse don't discriminate in the wild...however as an "intellectualy advance" species humans have this thing called society in many cases dictates waht we can and cannot do. This is why homosexuality or bisexuality or anything that isn't hetrosexuality has been looked down on in the past and it is only now we are starting to accept these alternative oreintations now (despite them having been around for thousands of years).

People who become purely homo/hetrosexual are, again in my opinion, are a victim of society which has made them that way, when they should naturaly me beyond both.
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hm my mother thinks differently than I do. She seems to think its a choice.. we were talking about lance bass and she said he was confused and young, and it would go away in awhile. I think though that it is something a child knows from a very young age and something in their brain, that sort of is like a switch flipped around backwards or something. some people have it some dont. of course some people claim to be bisexual because their needy or lonely, but i think a true homosexual person is born that way and from a very young age starts to look at the same sex differently.
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26 / F / Singapore
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hormone levels do play a part.. and then, there is upbringing
Posted 5/23/07
People can't be born gay. They could probably realize that they have different taste in who they like when they're young. Like a gender-blender. They know they're different when he starts dressing up in hs sisters clothes.

It all depends on the eviroment and how they were raised. I'm bi and I knew I was different in elementary school. I saw girls as more than friends.

All that is left is to come out to my mother but that issue has a few bugs that I need to fix.
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I always believe that a person's sexuality depended on how they are brought up, not born with. Though those who are born with a different sex personality (ex. boy acting and thinking like a girl and vice versa) are an exception since it's a genetic problem.

When you think about it, humans are born to ultimately continues the gene pool or prevent the extinction of the species. It would suck if there's a probability that a normal human would love someone of the same sex. Thus, my belief that all 'normal' human being are born straight. Circumstances changes them to not be one.

Just my two cents.
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maevefae wrote:

There is research being done on all variations of this question. They say that it is possible that while a fetus is in developement in the womb that fluctuations in the mother's hormone levels as well as the fetus's hormon levels (due to being affected by it's environment) could possible be the actual defining point on whether or not a child is born "gay/straight or bi". The theory is that a boy child who is developed in a lack of testosterone is completely subjected to the estrogen and can in fact influence not just their sexual orientation, but as well as their entire personality (I.E. Making them more feminine in nature). The same goes for female fetus's formed in too much testosterone with a lack of estrogen. Hormone therapy is being experimented with the mindset that it might one day be the "Cure" for homosexuals who do not wish to be gay/bi (if anyone is intelligent, they will realize that over 60% of all people who report they are homosexuals say they did not choose to be that way and wish they weren't, even going so far as to deny that they feel certain ways).

Honestly, I could give two craps less what everyones sexual orientation is. If you care about someone elses, then you have way to much time on your hands.


Someone who actually speaks science.... hmmm....
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i think its how the person develop which determines sexuality...sure, sometimes they are born gay but majority of the gay population actually stems from bad experiences with woman or so.
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^ What do you explain the ones that hang out with girls all the time? Doesn't seem to me they were ever "traumatized" by girls. And have you ever seen a terrible break up? Lots of people live through them, I don't see them going gay.
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