Can sexual orientation be a choice?

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Can sexual orientation be a choice?
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Tue, 01-24-2012 - 9:43am

Cynthia Nixon is taking some heat because she believes that her sexual orientation is a choice.

http://www.ivillage.com/cynthia-nixon-being-gay-choice-me/1-a-421332?ice=iv:mb:msg:js

In a speech she gave recently to a gay audience, she said "I've been straight and I've been gay, and gay is better." She said she was asked to change the line because it implied homosexuality can be a choice.

Regarding the controversy, she says, "Why can’'t it be a choice? Why is that any less legitimate? It seems we're just ceding this point to bigots who are demanding it, and I don't think that they should define the terms of the debate."

Do you agree with Cynthia that sometimes your sexual orientation can be a choice?

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Registered: 02-07-2000
Mon, 02-06-2012 - 10:18pm

No.

I do, however, think you can choose whether or not you act on your sexual orientation. For example, I'm bisexual, but married to a man. I've dated/been with women, but my choice for a life partner is my husband. I choose not to have relationships with women at this point in my life.

I think it's irresponsible of Cynthia Nixon to make a comment like this. It's damaging and makes those who believe that people who are bisexual/gay/etc are "acting out" or choosing to go against the grain, or whatever.

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Tue, 04-03-2012 - 2:54pm

If a "memeber of the club" says it was

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