What if I Was Gay
The issue of homosexuality as a "choice" has been in the news a lot lately (for what might be the 12,456,987,332nd time). This seems to be due to several factors: 1) A recent study suggesting that homosexuality is linked to the X chromosome and is therefore genetic, ie inherent. 2) UK prime minister David Cameron's comments that suggest he considers homosexuality a lifestyle choice, ie a choice that can be changed. 3) Many high-profile homosexuals (such as Stephen Fry) publicly express their love for their partners.
It's a tough topic, and everyone is different. It's important to surround yourself with people who accept you, whether that's LGBTQIA+ friends or accepting family members. Some people find relief and a sense of freedom when they come out to their loved ones, while others prefer to keep it private.
For people who are questioning their sexual orientation, it's also helpful to remember that there are many options available to them. One option is to join a LGBTIA+ support group, where you can meet other people who have similar experiences and learn from each other. Another option is to seek out a counselor or therapist who can help them through the process.
And if you have family or friends who don't accept your orientation, remember that it's not their fault. They may be reacting out of fear, ignorance, or prejudice. Often, they'll change their tune once they've had some time to think about it.