To Be Or Not To Be

OK, my question may seem weird to you, but then nothing is weird when it comes to you guys, so I’ll just ask! Is there anything a person can do to change their sexual orientation—or is someone born straight or gay? Rahul, New Delhi

 

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A subject of great debate indeed! And you’re right, you can ask us anything you want! Coming to your question, there remains no proven answer. However, we think that all humans possess the possibility of being attracted to someone of the same sex, and these desires may surface or recede during different times of our life. Also, sexual preferences can change over time—and that earlier attraction to one sex may be just as real as a current attraction to a different sex. There’s no way to know for sure.