A pride march in Belgrade last month. Indeed, over the past 2 decades, researchers have turned up considerable evidence that homosexuality isn't a lifestyle choice, but is rooted in a person's biology and at least in part determined by genetics. A new study of male twins, scheduled for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics ASHG in Baltimore, Maryland, today, could help explain that paradox.
Homosexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attractionor sexual behavior between members of the same sex or gender. It "also refers to a person's sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions. Along with bisexuality and heterosexualityhomosexuality is one of the three main categories of sexual orientation within the heterosexual—homosexual continuum.
Estimates as to the number of gay people in the population range from 1-in to 1-in, so why are some people gay? Are they gay by choice or is being gay genetic? The simplest answer is to look at the definition of the word "gay.
She also discussed scientific knowledge of why people can be homosexual and how it relates to the legality of sexual orientation and human rights. Students, advocates discuss intersection of violence, marginalized identities Standing in front of a crowd of nearly 50 students, T. On the topic of change, Diamond presented studies following the sexual orientation in adolescents over different ages to track the stability of sexual orientation and attraction.
The question of what causes some people to be gay has been a topic of endless debate among the general public and the mental health community. Generally speaking, the religious community of every persuasion views homosexuality as an abhorrent sin against God and nature. Deeply religious groups among Muslims, Christians, Catholics and Jews reject homosexuality as totally unacceptable in the eyes of God.
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.
The approach I took in my responsum for the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative movement in March adopted a biological argument for condoning homosexual sex. These, however, are only preliminary results, and the consensus of experts nowadays is that sexual orientation is a product of both nature and nurture. What was therefore more cogent for me in writing my opinion for the committee was the testimony of actual gays and lesbians, many of whom attest that being gay is not something they chose.
Is sexuality purely the result of our biology? Brandon Ambrosino argues that simplistic explanations have ignored the fluid, shape-shifting nature of our desires. You so obviously cannot be gaywas her implication, because this is good sex.
But, plenty of people are still taught or convinced against all evidence and common sense that it is in fact a choice to be gay. Invariably, the people who think that it is a choice to be gay think that it is a bad choice. I think that they are wrong even by their own standards.
The study analysed the genetic code of gay men to find common genetic markers, but scientists say it's a far cry from finding the 'gay gene' itself. The study is three times larger than any previously done and highlights two genetic regions that have been tied to male homosexuality in separate research: Xq28, first identified inand 8q12, spotted in For the study Sanders and his team collected blood and saliva from pairs of gay brothers and analysed their genetic code for markers known as single nucleotide polymorphisms SNPs. Although Xq28 and 8q12 were the two regions that were most frequently identified as home to genetic markers common among the gay men, three other SNPs were also highlighted.