Myth Buster Monday: Is homosexuality genetic, immutable and unchangeable?

Myth Buster Monday: Is homosexuality genetic, immutable and unchangeable?

No scientist or researcher has ever proven that homosexuality is genetic, immutable or unchangeable.  In fact many of the so-called gay gene studies, such as the Bailey/Pillard “twin studies,” prove the exact opposite – homosexual behavior is not genetic.  Homosexual advocates and the media have pushed the “there is a gay gene” myth for over a decade and a large share of the public has bought into this misinformation.

Even the American Psychological Association (APA) now acknowledges that there is not a gay gene.  In their “Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality,” they state the following:

“There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles….”

It is necessary for homosexual advocates to equate homosexual behavior to an immutable and unchangeable trait (like race or sex) in order to claim the “gay rights” movement is a Civil Rights issue.  But can those who deal with homosexual tendencies and behavior change?  Yes, thousands of former-homosexuals are testimony to the fact that change is possible.  Gay advocates and psychological associations are particularly eager and aggressive in their efforts to discredit reparative/reorientation therapy groups who work to aid individuals who wish to escape homosexual behavior and lifestyle.

The success of the gay movement seems to hinge upon their ability to convince the public that change is impossible.  That National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) has an informative white paper explaining the success and challenges of reorientation therapy.  See it here.  Again, homosexual behavior is neither immutable nor unchangeable and thus not a Civil Rights issue.  Some famous African American Civil rights figures have made that point as well:

“The comparison with slavery is a stretch in that some slave masters were gay, in that gays were never called three-fifths human in the Constitution and in that they did not require the Voting Rights Act to have the right to vote.” (Rev. Jesse Jackson, address at Harvard Law School)

The recent refusal of the Obama administration to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) included a perpetuation of the myth that homosexual behavior is immutable and changeable when the Justice Department’s claimed that “sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny” in the courts – a classification reserved for cases involving discrimination on the basis of  such things as race or sex.

This particular myth is pretty deeply entrenched and requires each one of us to become educated on the topic and not allow the misinformation and misconceptions to continue.  Spread the word.

For a list of studies related to this topic, go to UFI’s Guide to Family Issues:  Sexual Orientation (pg. 26-28)

6 Comments
  • Hannah Pfannenstiel
    Posted at 16:51h, 14 November Reply

    It is true that research says there is no one particular gay gene but that does not mean it is not genetic. Like many other traits it can come from more than one place. So while their may not be one gene, it still has a genetic basis. Ask any homosexual you know if they want to be a homosexual or if they would wish it on their children. I know I would not want it for my kids but I can’t help what I am. Heterosexuals don’t “choose” to be hetero any more than homosexuals “choose” to be homo.

  • United Families International
    Posted at 20:53h, 14 November Reply

    Hannah,
    Using your line of reasoning, you could say that virtually any behavior is genetic. We refer you again to the APA comment above where the APA clearly states: “no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors.” Keep in mind that the APA is definitely NOT a conservative, pro-family, traditional values organization, but are widely known as a gay advocates.

    Individuals do experience feelings of same-sex attraction, even at very early ages, and as you indicate these feelings are often unwanted and certainly not chosen. That doesn’t mean that the feelings have a genetic basis and thus qualify as being part of a civil rights classification. It does mean that some combination of environment and predisposing characteristics have combined together to create feelings of same-sex attraction. Any number of challenging and difficult behaviors are created in that same milieu – they are deserving of compassion and treatment, but not societal and legal approval and mainstreaming.

  • Andrew
    Posted at 12:15h, 15 June Reply

    Why do homosexual people have to prove immutability in order to have discriminatory legislation abolished? The religious are very well protected in regards to laws relating to discrimination, yet religion is VERY mutable. Isnt it much fairer to judge people based on what they CHOOSE to believe, rather than on who they are compelled to love?

  • Snug_Life
    Posted at 19:43h, 13 July Reply
  • Dianne
    Posted at 20:00h, 12 August Reply

    My teenage son has recently disclosed to me that he is gay. What a battle he now has with the world. I doubt anyone would freely choose to be gay, there must be factors that enhance the homosexual desire. I cant believe people would choose to be treated the way gays are. I love my son and will support him, and not let one person criticize his choice, but I cant help wondering is there something I can do to help him change his sexual orientation, so life can be easy for him.

  • Bird
    Posted at 14:01h, 03 October Reply

    I think we got carried away with genetics in general in the late nineties. Suddenly, all sorts of “behaviors” were said to have a gene. I never bought it, but I do understand the inclination to both explain away undesirable characteristics like alcoholism and drug addiction, as well as validate homosexuality. We should have used more common sense when we chose to put the blame on genetics. Imagine the future when we say, “ah well here is the long sought after proof that Jews are evil, or Blacks are a lower form of homo sapien”. I once told my gay friend that connecting gayness to genes might backfire (there might be a “cure” or “treatment”) and she told me candidly that the “gay gene” was strictly to gain rights and acceptance. Perhaps she was lying for the sake of turning me out (she knew I loved men) idk. But personally, I don’t think it matters whether it’s by choice or by force (genes), everyone deserves rights. BTW, the argument that no one would choose to be gay is absurd. No one says to themselves “I choose to be a crack head, an alcoholic, or a pedophile (sorry, I know it’s a poor analogy). Yet, they can’t stop no matter how morally reprehensible their behavior is. Being gay may not be the best “choice” in the world, but it isn’t the worst either.

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