Scientists have released a study that could have a profound impact on how we interact with our kids.
According to a study that was just published, there is no single “gay gene” but “a complex mix of genetics and environment” that determine someone’s sexuality.
Essentially, the data shows that being gay isn’t a natural occurrence, but rather the result of environmental things like who people interact with, or traumatic experiences.
“We scanned the entire human genome and found a handful – five to be precise – of locations that are clearly associated with whether a person reports in engaging in same-sex sexual behavior,” said Andrea Ganna, a biologist at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Finland who co-led the research.
The research, which analyzed data on DNA and sexual experiences from almost half a million people, found there are thousands of genetic variants linked to same-sex sexual behavior, most with very small effects.
Five of the genetic markers were “significantly” associated with same-sex behavior, the researchers said, but even these are far from being predictive of a person’s sexual preferences…
This means that non-genetic factors – such as environment, upbringing, personality, nurture – are far more significant in influencing a person’s choice of sexual partner.
When asked why they did the study, Ganna said that they simply didn’t have enough people to participate.
“Previous studies were small and underpowered,” Ganna said. “So we decided to form a large international consortium and collected data for (almost) 500,000 people, (which) is approximately 100 times bigger than previous studies on this topic.”
LGBTQRSTUV groups were quick to jump on the news, stating that the data indicates that there’s no way of telling what makes someone gay/queer/whatever:
“This new research also re-confirms the long established understanding that there is no conclusive degree to which nature or nurture influence how a gay or lesbian person behaves,” said Zeke Stokes of the U.S.-based LGBTQ rights group, GLAAD.
While there is no conclusive degree, there’s also no certainty a gay gene even exists. This study indicates that it’s entirely possible that being gay is the result of those in your environment encouraging gay behavior.
This could explain why it seems like there are so many more homosexual people. Sure, people can say “well, now they just aren’t ashamed to be themselves”, but perhaps popular culture IS influencing sexual behavior.
The lack of a “gay gene” existing means that it’s nurture, not nature, playing a part in this aspect of human behavior. WHAT that nurture is remains to be seen, but for now there’s no evidence to suggest nature is doing much of, if any of the lifting.
Perhaps taking kids out to PRIDE parades and watching grown men dancing naked in the street isn’t the best for behavioral development. “Tolerance” is a nice word and all, but at some point we have to say “this is wrong”, and do something about it.