By now, it should go without saying that sexual orientation is not a choice. And yet, the belief that people “choose to be gay” somehow continues to exist among many people and cultures. Twitter user Simon H recently posed the question on his feed and then supplied his own (extremely sarcastic) answer. He wrote, “For me it was a beautiful spring day and I just thought, ‘You know what, I really want to disappoint my parents, offend my church, limit my options, lose my rights, live in fear of homophobic abuse, be afraid to hold my partner’s hand…'”
His feed was soon flooded with responses, which were equal parts poignant and funny. Many expressed similar sentiments about cultural and religious stigma, and some revealed their experiences with bullying.
All jokes aside, we hope that outdated and harmful views about human sexuality become a thing of the past—soon. We think these tweets will help dispel false narratives about the LGBTQ+ community and move the needle toward acceptance and tolerance.