In last week’s Pick of the Twitter, we asked you, cherished Queerty reader, to picture sexuality being a choice and people choosing queerness every single time. It was a hypothetical, of course, but we’ve all known people who believe we’re choosing to be gay and could simply choose to be straight. (These misguided souls are often the same people who say things like “gay lifestyle.”)
The Southern Poverty Law Center covered the misconception of gayness as a choice in a 2011 roundup of anti-gay myths. “If people are born gay—in the same way that people have no choice as to whether they are black or white—discrimination against gay men and lesbians would be vastly more difficult to justify,” authors Evelyn Schlatter and Robert Steinback wrote at the time, debunking the myths in the SPLC’s Intelligence Report magazine. “Thus, anti-gay forces insist that sexual orientation is a behavior that can be changed, not an immutable characteristic.”
As Schlatter and Steinbeck added, a 2008 study of twins determined that “homosexual behaviour is largely shaped by genetics and random environmental factors,” with the American Psychological Association noting in 1994 that homosexuality is simply not a matter of individual choice.
Anyway, Twitter users have had a field day with the idea of people “choosing” to be gay, and straight men, you’ve been put on notice. Here are some of those Twitter users’ thoughts…
If being gay were a choice I'd still choose to be a raging dyke wouldn't give it up for the world
— Rebecca Benson (She/They) (@RebeccaLBenson) May 14, 2022
If being gay were a choice, Andrew Garfield would have picked it. And so would I, for him.
— jwm (@jackwmackey) January 11, 2022
if being gay were a choice, no woman would stay straight you fools
— jells ? (@JellyStilettos) June 9, 2022
If being gay were a choice, I’d have chosen to be gay way sooner bc I’m having literally so much fun
— Eileen Hanley (@glitterwrists) January 19, 2022
If being gay were a choice I’d choose to be gayer. I’ve not reached Maximum Gay ??.
— Harrison Coffman ?????????????? (@HarrisonCoffman) March 13, 2021
If being gay were a choice I would’ve chosen it instead of having to deal with straight men for the rest of my life holy mother of god
— Haley Brennan (@hmb1021) May 9, 2021
If being gay were a choice, the lesbians would’ve taken over by now
— Liz (@liz_istheworst) August 8, 2020
In fairness to Marjorie Taylor Greene, if being gay were a choice, she'd have sent thousands of formerly straight men to tea dances throughout America by now.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) June 1, 2022
my 80 y/o grandmother said "they're not sick, and even if being gay were a choice they don't hurt anybody so why raise a fuss over it" and i remembered why she's my fav relative ?
— 🙂 ? (@Krisantemo) December 26, 2020
You know that even if being gay were a choice it would still not warrant queerphobic violence?
— willing buyer willing sfebe™? (@dr_nxledi) July 8, 2019
— Bobby Reiley (@robertfr69) August 17, 2021
We know being gay isn’t a choice because if it was straight wouldn’t exist
— Austin (@AustinOnTwitter) April 6, 2021
Happy national coming out day. Being gay is not a choice but if it was it would be a good one
Being gay isn’t a choice. But if it was how about you let people make their own choice and stfu about it.
— boogie2988, Ceo of Cringe 3WWBB (@Boogie2988) July 28, 2021