Uploaded to the YouTubes four years ago — but with those fashions, maybe filmed some time in the late-90s — this video by Travis Nuckolls and Chris Barker is making its way around the interwebs due to a very simple and surprisingly effective question: “When did you choose to be straight?”
Conducted in Colorado Springs, some people’s pre-conceived notions were challenged within seconds of being asked when they “chose” their sexuality. Everyone agrees that they never chose to be straight and in turn some are forced to re-evauate their opinions of homosexuality as a choice.
According to the American Psychiatric Association:
There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles; most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.
Whereas any LGBT person (or Top 40 dance hit) could’ve told you that, it’s always interesting to see the doors of a closed mind kicked down by the giant, glittery stiletto heel of acceptance.