This topic of discussion has been debated by clergymen, psychologists, medical professionals, politicians, scientists and even the general public. Are people born gay or is it a lifestyle choice?
Sexual orientation they say is a trait some people are born with (nature). They say it is determined by biological factors such as genes or hormones and as such gay people should be entitled to same protections and legal rights as every normal human being since their nature was determined at birth. Some countries have gone ahead to legalize same-sex relationships and marriages and they even have an umbrella body known as the Lesbians, Gays and Transgenders (LGBT) community. Which protects their rights.
In Nigeria, it is illegal to have a gay relationship infact there is a 14year jail term for anyone caught in such act.
People argue that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice resulting from poor-training, brain washing by pro-gays, developmental causes or even peer pressure and have nothing to do with nature whatsoever. Thus they say it is sexual preference and not orientation and could be reversed through rehabilitation and other therapies.
The question is…” Are there biological factors that causes a person to become gay“? Or is it a psychological disorder?
People also argue that there is likelihood that children raised by gay parents will themselves become gay since it is a thing they have perceived ‘normal‘ from birth. Most traits of homosexuality begin to manifest from childhood/ adolescence and so peer-pressure and environmental factors is said to be some leading causes of homosexuality. Is it convenient to say thus that it is a lifestyle choice rather than in-born?
Interestingly inside this debate is a group of people called the transvests. These are cross-dressers. I.e people dressing in the clothes of the opposite sex.(transvestism). People in this group claim not to be gays. There’s also those suffering from identity crisis who believe they were born in a wrong body. Some of them go ahead to surgically transform their genders and are known as transsexuals or Transgenders. Little wonder they all fall in the same group, (LGBT). Are all these caused by a gene or hormone or an unfortunate lifestyle choice?
Many people propose that gays should be denied marriage, social and religious acceptance and should be discriminated against.
There isn’t a DNA, medical test or scientific proof yet to determine the homosexuality of a person. It is a self-chosen identity. Even though most gays believe they are innately oriented.
Are people born gay or is it a lifestyle choice? What are your thoughts.