By Andy Coghlan. We have known for decades that sexual orientation is partly heritable in men, thanks to studies of families in which some people are straight and some people are gay. Both findings were confirmed in a study of gay and straight brothers in For the first time, individual genes have been identified that may influence how sexual orientation develops in boys and men, both in the womb and during life. This enabled them to home in on two genes whose variants seem to be linked to sexual orientation. What genes did they find and what do they do?
What do the new ‘gay genes’ tell us about sexual orientation?
10 Anti-Gay Myths Debunked | Southern Poverty Law Center
Battling the 'homosexual agenda,' the hard-line religious right has made a series of incendiary claims. But they're just not true. Ever since born-again singer and orange juice pitchwoman Anita Bryant helped kick off the contemporary anti-gay movement some 40 years ago, hard-line elements of the religious right have been searching for ways to demonize gay people — or, at a minimum, to find arguments that will prevent their normalization in society. For the former Florida beauty queen and her Save Our Children group, it was the alleged plans of gay men and lesbians to "recruit" in schools that provided the fodder for their crusade. But in addition to hawking that myth, the legions of anti-gay activists who followed have added a panoply of others, ranging from the extremely doubtful claim that sexual orientation is a choice, to unalloyed lies like the claims that gay men molest children far more than heterosexuals or that hate crime laws will lead to the legalization of bestiality and necrophilia. These fairy tales are important to the anti-gay right because they form the basis of its claim that homosexuality is a social evil that must be suppressed — an opinion rejected by virtually all relevant medical and scientific authorities. They also almost certainly contribute to hate crime violence directed at the LGBT community, which is more targeted for such attacks than any other minority group in America.
No 'gay gene', but study finds genetic links to sexual behavior
Being gay is nothing to do with your relationship with your mother, your father, or your best friend at boarding school; it is all in the genes, according to the scientific authors of a new book on the subject. Born Gay: The Psychobiology of Sexual Orientation, by Qazi Rahman, a psychobiologist at the University of East London, and Glenn Wilson, a personality specialist from the University of London, reviews research from the last 15 years into why people are gay. The evidence, they conclude, is that people are born with their sexuality defined, and it is not the result of their relationships with other people in their early life, as had been previously thought. In , the psychobiologist Simon LeVay published research that revealed differences in small parts of the brain between gay and straight men.
Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and presidential hopeful, recently apologized for a statement in which he said being gay is "absolutely" a choice. In an interview on CNN, the potential Republican presidential candidate commented that "a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and when they come out they're gay, so did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question. Since then, he has apologized for the divisiveness of his comments, but hasn't backed down from the notion that being gay is something people choose.