Watch these straight people answer a question gay people have been asked for years.

If every straight person honestly answered this question, we'd wipe out homophobia tomorrow.

Travis Nuckolls and Chris Baker hit the streets in Colorado Springs a few years ago to ask straight people a few questions.

Their subjects had no trouble answering the first question:

Do you think people are born gay or choose to be gay?

Then Nuckolls and Baker flipped the question around.

When they asked people when they "chose" to be straight, you could literally see the moment when their subjects understood how ridiculous it is to treat sexual orientation as a choice.

When did you choose to be straight?

Thanks to this simple question, it finally clicked: Being gay or straight is not a choice.

We're all just born that way (cue Lady Gaga).

GIFs via Travis Nuckolls and Chris Baker.

After being asked a question that gay people have been answering forever, many of them changed their outlook on sexual orientation.

Now they know better. Welcome to the 21st century, y'all.

So, straight folks: The next time you want to ask a gay person when they chose to be gay, don't do it. Not only does it (incorrectly) imply that sexual orientation is a choice, it also reinforces the idea that being straight = the default and "normal," while being gay = different and weird.

Watch the entire video of confused straight people and their moments of enlightenment here:

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Man 1: I think that people . . . it depends on what they grow up finding out. I think it's a choice later in life, but it depends on upbringing.

Interviewer: When did you choose to be straight?

Man 1: Um, that's a good call, man. I didn't choose to be. So born.

Woman 1: I don't know if people would choose to be gay. So I think it's a mixture of maybe possibly of, you know, nature and nurture so to speak, you know, and where their comfort level was all their life and everything.

Interviewer: When did you choose to be straight?

Woman 1: When did I choose? I don't know if it was a choice for me. I just was born that way.

Interviewer: Do you think it's the same for gay people?

Woman 1: I think so probably. Yeah, I do.

Woman 2: That's not a choice at all from their perspective.

Interviewer: Have you talked to anyone about it?

Woman 3: Sure, and they say there's differences in their brains. They're just born that way. If they were going to choose a lifestyle, that's not one they would have chosen. It's too difficult.

Interviewer: When did you choose to be straight?

Woman 4: Um, I don't know. Junior high, Puberty, I guess. I'm not sure.

Interviewer: So you remember making a choice?

Woman 4: I guess not really.

Interviewer: Do you think it's the same for gay people?

Woman 4: Probably. I don't think they really choose. It just kind of happens.

Woman 5: I'm not sure if it's necessarily a choice. But, at the same time, I'm not totally certain that you're born one way or another. I think it has a lot to do with development.

Interviewer: Did you decide your sexuality?

Woman 5: That's a good point. I don't think I did.

Interviewer: Do you think it's the same for gay people?

Woman 5: I don't know. You might have a very good point.

Man 2: Born gay or choose to be gay, um, I think there are some of both. But I think that some day they'll discover there's genetic predisposition to homosexuality.

Woman 6: I just wonder if animals choose their sexuality, you know. I don't think they choose, and I don't think humans choose.

Woman 7: People are gay.

Man 3: OK.

Woman 7: Absolutely. That's my opinion.

Man 3: I think it's a bit of both actually. I think that you are, you feel it, or you're also I think confused and you're not sure. And so your environment just plays a big, big role in that.

Interviewer: When did you choose to be straight?

Man 3: I don't know. I never thought about that.

Interviewer: Do you think it's the same for gay people?

Man 3: Probably.

Interviewer: Do you think people are born gay or choose to be gay?

Woman 8: I would have to say they would choose to be gay.

Interviewer: When did you choose to be straight?

Woman 8: I never thought about it. I really didn't . . . I just . .
. I am who I am.

Interviewer: Do you think it's the same for gay people?

Woman 8: Maybe. Maybe that's true.

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Jun 22, 2015

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