It took me awhile to become aware of my gay behaviors. But from day one, they were gay. Such as, whom I checked out, crushed on, felt emotional, physical, and spiritual attraction too. They were all gay behaviors. But I didn't see them as gay. I wasn't aware that I was doing anything different from anyone else for many years until expectations from the church told me otherwise.
But even then, I didn't understand, nor did I think that much about what I was doing vs. what they think I should be doing. I was only aware that the way I perceived the world seemed to be unique. I felt different, weird even, or at odds with those around me. I wasn't attracted to anyone male or female in any sexual way for reasons I thought had to do with the religious demonization of sexual coupling in general. I later realized that my sexuality was much more complicated than that. It wasn't about the sex itself.
So, from that alone, I am confident that my innate sexual orientation is not a choice. And I'm confident that many of the innate behaviors associated with sexual orientation are not consciously chosen. But Elder Oaks and Wickman would never believe me, nor would they believe anyone of any educated repute on the subject. For proof, see LDS.org for more of their mind fuckary on the topic of homosexuality. Little of it based on reality. But then, if you believe in the fairytales of that religion, Oaks and Wickman will be fucking with your mind and you won't even know it.
But there does at some point in life come a choice. And I will grant them that but only so far as they understand the basic definition of the word 'choice' and nothing more.
The choice comes when acting on it is done consciously. In that case, it's no one's business what choice I make. It's my life. I rule my domain only. No one has any authority to make that choice for me or even suggest what choice I should be making. How could anyone know how truly to make a choice for someone else when it comes to how we play out our internal attractions and innate needs and desires? So, ultimately, the entire argument of choice, whether to be gay or to act on gay feelings, becomes completely irrelevant.
Let's keep in mind one more thing here, the word 'lifestyle'. If the religious types want to use the word 'lifestyle' when talking of homosexuality, to reinforce the concept of choice, than they must also accept the term to be used with heterosexuality. No matter what 'lifestyle' one chooses, a choice to act on one's innate desires has been made either way. But, why won't those living a heterosexual 'lifestyle' see that they have made a choice? Because they have never had their choice questioned, ridiculed or demonized. Those of us in the homosexual 'lifestyle' have.
So, as a result, we've had an additional choice to make that the heterosexuals do not which is, the choice not to let all of the ridicule, demonization, hatred and bigotry spewed at us every day to stifle our happiness. So that we may be able to fully accept ourselves. Fully embrace that we are indeed gay and that we have the right to choose that path. After that, we can then choose to live as we are, openly in a homosexual 'lifestyle'.
Many heterosexuals don't have a clue what that's like because it has never occurred to them that the heterosexual 'lifestyle' has been shoved down their throats since the day they were born. Why does that not bother them? It doesn't bother then because they are not homosexuals.
UPDATE (Jan 28, 2012): More recent perspective here: The Question of Choice, Again!
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