The vast majority of gay and bisexual men would refuse to take a pill that would make them straight, a new survey has found.
In the recent poll conducted by the gay dating website Man Central, over 2,500 members were asked if they would take a pill to change their sexual orientation.
“In recent years, there have been reports of members of the LGBT community seeking to ‘cure’ themselves through various religious and questionably medical means,” said Lee Martin, a spokesman for the site, explaining the reasons for conducting the research.
“Whilst we strongly believe that sexuality is innate, and therefore not something that can or should be ‘cured’, we felt the research would enable the LGBT community to recognise the importance of self-acceptance alongside wider social acceptance,” he said.
While 26% of those surveyed admitted that they would take a ‘straight pill’, if such a pill existed, almost three times as many men (74%) had no desire to alter their sexual preference and chose to reject any such ‘cure’.
Considering the improved attitudes towards homosexuality in today’s society, compared to the past, it could be assumed that younger males would be less inclined to covet heterosexuality than those who grew up in a less accepting social climates.
However, males aged between 18 and 24 were actually the most likely to take a pill to change their orientation (37%), this gradually fell to just 13% of those aged 51 to 60.
Consequently, it seems that for the majority of gay and bisexual men, society bears little impact on the individual, whilst self-acceptance develops with age.
On the other hand, younger males are more likely to feel anxious to conform to the norm, which may contribute to the higher percentage of 18-24 year olds willing to take a straight pill.