For convenience, sexual orientation can be divided into three categories by gender attraction: straight (different-gender attraction), gay (same-gender attraction), and bisexual (both- gender attraction). Most societies enforce compulsory heterosexuality, and most people identify themselves as straight. Those who do not are almost certain to feel themselves the targets of their society’s hostility to a greater or lesser extent. While someone may accept their own sexual identity, society treats being gay with a great deal of fear and prejudice. Even when someone who is gay can accept themselves inside, outside forces can be constant and often challenging that acceptance. The battle within may be ongoing and painful.