Common questions about sexual identity
Many people believe things that aren't true about gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. Here are some questions people sometimes have.
Question: Can gay, lesbian, and bisexual people change their sexual orientation? Can they get some kind of treatment?
Answer: Like heterosexuals, gay, lesbian, and bisexual people don't choose their sexual orientation. This is who they are naturally. Most are satisfied to be who they are. They would not wish to become heterosexual. There is no "treatment" to change a person's sexual orientation. It is not an illness.
Question: Can child abuse affect sexual orientation?
Answer: Abuse does not make people straight, gay, or bisexual. Science has not yet discovered what determines sexual orientation.
Question: I have an uncle who is gay. Should I worry about letting my children stay with him? I've heard that gay people are more likely to be child molesters.
Answer: The ability to be a loving, trustworthy relative has nothing to do with whether a person is straight or gay. Gay people are no more likely to molest children than heterosexual people are.
Question: Is it true that people who are bisexual change partners a lot?
Answer: Being bisexual just means that the person has been romantically or sexually attracted to both males and females at least once. Many bisexual people are monogamous, which means they have only one partner at a time.