New Evidence for the Gay Gene

Written by scott on June 6th, 2014

gay-geneNew research says there are probably several gay genes.

Queerty reports:

Now, the Washington Post reports new research finds that, despite what some naysayers would like to believe, Dean Hamer was right all along. A gay gene does exist. In fact, there are two of them. Maybe — in fact, probably — even more than two.

Researchers at the Human Genome Project, an international scientific research group that examines human DNA, conducted a study on several pairs of gay brothers. “Sexual orientation has nothing to do with choice,” Michael Bailey of Northwestern University, who carried out the research, said. “Our findings suggest there may be genes at play, and we found evidence for two sets that affect whether a man is gay or straight.” The study drew blood from 409 gay brothers and their heterosexual family members. Analysis confirmed that an area on the X chromosome does, indeed, have some impact on sexual orientation. It also confirmed another stretch of DNA on chromosome 8, which affects male sexual behavior.

So it turns out that Lady Gaga was right – I was born this way. 🙂

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6 Comments so far ↓

  1. KEN Dunnells says:

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  2. Dusty says:

    Those who work with people with unwanted same-sex attraction believe that sexual orientation has two broad sources: a genetic one that gives a potential for same-sex attraction, and an environmental one that brings that potential to fruition. Both are needed, but neither is sufficient in itself.

  3. jerry says:

    Well…yeah! Of course you would have to have the genetic makeup or mapping to to direct your social sexual contact. That’s the was it works for heterosexual folks as well.
    Straight men don’t turn gay just because the experience a gay sex. Thank about it….lots of gay men don’t turn straight just because they have sex with a woman. It’s all pretty common sense don’t you think.

  4. chris says:

    Dusty, it is a misnomer to suggest hard wired traits require environmental factors to bring them to fruition. For example, a left handed person is left handed regardless of situation. The environment plays no factor on genetics in the way you suggest. The same is true for sexual orientation.

  5. Celeste says:

    Dusty, careful about trying to force new information into old frameworks. might prevent you from being able to truly help others if you try to force a square peg into a round hole.

  6. Danny says:

    Sexuality is a social construct. Does that mean we should try to change people? Hell no.

    It’s as simple as that. The pro-gays want to believe they were “born this way” and the anti-gays say there’s no way it’s possible because “God says so.” Both arguments are just as ridiculous as their counterparts, using the same dumb logic that somehow birth or genetics determine what is moral.


    So let’s stop submitting our lives to simple minded ideology just because it makes us feel good. Life isn’t about feeling good, it’s about learning and growing. It’s about loving one another and working towards a better world for all. The gay gene debate only stirs hatred on both sides. Get the fuck over it already.

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