Not all instances are alike in my opinion. Like I mentioned before ...my friend I'm sure always wanted to be a boy and probably felt like one and trust me her family was not one that would have encouraged that. It can be parent influenced ..I'm not saying that but in my friend's case, it wasn't. I always felt she became a lesbian not because she was a girl liking girls but because she felt like a boy and thus liked girls. This was in the early 60's and there wasn't much talk yet of even homosexuality at least nor for us at the age of 10. I didn't even know,what normal sex was let alone what a lesbian was...I just knew she acted like a boy, so thought tomboy but she never outgrew it.