So today I had multiple discussions (Oddly, only one of which was started by me) on what makes you gay, bi, straight, trans, androgynous, whatever. Everybody agreed that sexual orientation was very simply something you're born with, but there was at least one person who thought that gender identity was partially environmental. I disagree with that, and I should think that it'd be even more of a birth thing than sexual orientation.
In any case, I've been talking about it so much that I wanna hear more opinions. Anybody wanna contribute to the discussion? Personal experiences, stories you've heard from other people, opinions with no real basis... anything would be awesome.
Here's the reason, other than scientific evidence, that I very strongly believe that orientation is something you're born with; one of my freinds wanted to test out whether or not it was a choice, and so for a month tried to be attracted girls. In the end, there was no way that she could make herself do it, no matter how long she tried.
As for gender identity, there's a documentary that floats around on tv channels about a guy whose parents tried to raise him a girl. When he was about 10, he told his mother that he was a boy, and that until he lived as a boy his life pretty much sucked. Seems evidence enough to me that it's not environmental.
So, as I said, please contribute to my multi-conversations. :D