1. All gay men like musical theatre, interior design and fashion, and all lesbians like sports, power tools and plaid.
Of course this is not true. Just as heterosexual men and women do, homosexual men and women have varied interests that are personal to each of them. These misconceptions stem from the stereotypes that have been created revolving around these particular areas and in some cases are quite true. However, we must all remember that everyone is different and therefore we should not assume that just because a man is gay that he is going to burst out singing his favourite Cher or Madonna song and that just because a woman is a lesbian that she is going to throw on her tool belt and go out back to build you a shed.
2. Homosexuality is a choice.
There have been many scientific and scientific studies on this matter. The honest truth is that no one knows what causes homosexuality. We can guess at what it is, talk about chemicals in the brain, ponder whether the boy spent too much time with his mother when he was a kid or even measure finger lengths all we want, but it won't help us find the answer to this very old question. This also speaks to those who claim to be able to cure homosexuality. That's like saying you can cure someone from liking the colour blue or the taste of chocolate.
3. AIDS is the gay disease.
This is just flat out untrue. While it is true that the spread of HIV was more prevalent in the gay community when it was first discovered, the group that has the current highest rate of HIV contraction is actually straight women. Anyone who has unprotected sex of any kind is at risk for HIV if they are unaware of their partner's sexual history. So if you are opposed to the use of contraceptives, you might want to consider getting tested together before getting physical. Otherwise the best policy is the good old No glove, no love.
4. All drag queens want to be women.
Surprising as it may be, this is not true. Many drag queens are actually straight men who have no desire to change their gender. There are also women who prefer to dress as men which is less commonly known due to the more outrageous idea of a man in a dress as opposed to women in men's clothing. The technical term for these people is transvestites. This is one category of the larger umbrella term, transgender. The transsexual community is also under this category and it is made up of those who are on hormone treatments or those who have or are going to have gender reassignment surgery.
5. Children of gay couples will catch the disease.
Okay, first of all, being gay or bi or trans or whatever people choose to identify themselves as is not a disease and it is definitely not contagious. If it was, everyone in the world would probably be gay by now and this wouldn't be an issue. In fact, homosexuality was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, in 1973. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, there have been many studies done in regards to children being brought up by both homosexual and heterosexual couples or individuals. They have been found to have an equal chance of becoming homosexual themselves and have also been shown to have an equal chance of being well-adjusted in their own lives.