Do certain “types” of people tend to be homosexual?

While there may appear to be more homosexuals in the arts and entertainment industries or amongst the more creative types, an interest in the creative and performing arts, sports or any other area, has nothing to do with our sexuality.1

Stereotypically, many boys like sports; but a different preference for music and dance does not make a boy gay. Similarly, many girls like dolls and dresses; but a girl who prefers jeans and sports is not necessarily lesbian. Those are just expressions of being a unique person.

Youths tend to be confused and unsure about their sexuality when others assume they are homosexual simply because they are different from the stereotypical guy or gal. They are usually too young to confirm a homosexual identity, but repeated teasing or labelling may lead them to believe and accept what is said repeatedly of them.

In today’s metrosexual culture where the urban male can be as meticulous about his grooming and appearance (and even as preoccupied in his shopping!) as the stereotypical female, there are more androgynous individuals who display a combination of masculine and feminine characteristics that may no longer conform to traditional gender stereotypes.

In short, how a person behaves, looks and dresses may not reveal an underlying homosexual orientation.

Having said that, some personality traits (e.g., more sensitive or introverted males) can make a person more vulnerable towards developing homosexual tendencies.2


1. Alan Chambers, God’s Grace and the Homosexual Next Door: Reaching the Heart of the Gay Men and Women in Your World (Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 2006)