A question that one should never have to ask about themselves. Think of it as a product of a society that prefers to have things in black and white, in either/or cases, and just really doesn't like shades of gray, indeterminate states, or the like. Heck, if the society keeps pushing to make people conform to a dichotic gender paradigm when biology and nature won't, why wouldn't they expect people to either be gay or straight?

Look, nobody can make you gay, and they can't make you straight. You're attracted to who you're attracted to. You're interested in who you're interested in. Don't be homosexual, heterosexual, or bisexual - just be sexual. Spend time with the person or people you want to be with, show them affection in whatever manner seems appropriate, and stop trying to fit some rigid categories that nobody really fits in anyways.

And if someone else can't understand it, if they can't handle it, that's not your fault - and it may not even be their fault, it may just be the way it is.

Be happy. Be yourself.

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the set of questions:
{is, are, am} {he, she, it, they, you, i} {gay straight}?
are of course rhetorical. the real question being asked is:
this person or group of people appear to be breaching the ground rules implicit in the facts of life as i learned as a pre-pubescent/pubescent. could you update my mental model?
the correct response is almost always:
so long as you butcher something as beautiful and varied as human sexuality into a binary dichotomy you're never going to understand this person or group of people.
or some rewording of the same.

more specifically the question ``am I gay?'' should be replaced by questions such as ``am I attracted to person X?'' ``am I attracted to person Y?'' or even more specifically ``am I attracted to person X when they do A?'' ``am I attracted to person X when they do B?'' ``am I attracted to person Y when they do A?'' and ``am I attracted to person Y when they do B?'' asking specific questions about attraction to specific people help avoid stereotypes. if you feel the need to put yourself in a pigeonhole, classify yourself based on known feelings for known people rather than an emotional prejudice against certain terminology.

the answers to the questions ``is that person gay?'' and ``is that person straight?'' can only matter if the questioner is attracted to that person, and should be replaced with ``is that person interested in me?'' and this can be discovered the same way people have been doing these things for years, flirting.

understand that someone attracted to tall thin smoking men in their early twenties and buxom non-smoking dancers in their late thirties may not be attracted to non-smoking male dancers in their late thirties, regardless of their weight.

there's more to gender than sex and more to sex than dangly bits, more to attraction that whether someone's wearing trousers or a dress and much more to people than meets the eye (yes, even if you're flexible).

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