Do we choose our sexual orientation? Do people become homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual or asexual because of their experiences, education or influences?

No. Many types of research have been conducted to find an explanation for sexual orientation. Many theories have been put forward, but there is no consensus. No matter the theory, we can state that we don’t choose our sexual orientation and there are no methods to change it.

Many gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, or asexual people feel like they haven’t chosen who they are attracted to. These people were rather aware of their feelings for people of the same gender or people of many genders from a young age. For others, these feelings have evolved and strengthened as teenagers or young adults. The choice seems to be to live a happy and balanced life with their chosen partner or to repress their feelings.

Experiences, education and influences can have an impact, but not on sexual orientation. They can have an impact on how a person lives, accepts and talks about their sexual orientation.


Source :

Interligne. (2021). Mythes et réalités LGBTQ+.

Fondation Émergence, On ne choisit pas son orientation sexuelle – dépliant, Journée internationale contre l’homophobie, campagne 2007

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