Sexuality is fluid – it's time to get past 'born this way'
Gay rights shouldn't depend on how a person came to be gay, and we should embrace the fact that sexuality can change, says developmental psychologist Lisa Diamond...
Much of your work explores what you call “sexual fluidity”. What does it mean?
It means that people are born with a sexual orientation and also with a degree of sexual flexibility, and they appear to work together. So there are gay people who are very fixedly gay and there are gay people who are more fluid, meaning they can experience attractions that run outside of their orientation. Likewise for heterosexuals. Fluidity is the capacity to experience attractions that run counter to your overall orientation…
Lisa Diamond is a professor of developmental and health
psychology at the University of Utah. Her work focuses on
sexual-orientation development, sexual identity and bonding