Sunday, December 4, 2011

No one is born 'gay'

No person is born gay!


Sexual orientation consists of three parts, sexual behavior, sexual attraction, and sexual identity.


As Julie Harren, Ph.D., LMFT so cleverly stated[i]:


Genes + Brain Wiring + Prenatal Hormonal Environment = Temperament
Parents + Peers + Experiences = Environment
Temperament + Environment = Homosexual Orientation


American Psychological Association says:

“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; most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.”[ii] 


The American College of Pediatricians

“The etiology of homosexual attraction is determined by a combination of familial, environmental, and social influences. For some individuals the inheritance of predisposing personality traits may also play a role.”[iii]


The American Psychiatric Association states:

“Some people believe that sexual orientation is innate and fixed; however, sexual orientation develops across a person’s lifetime. Individuals maybe become aware at different points in their lives that they are heterosexual, gay, lesbian, or bisexual.” “What causes Homosexuality/Heterosexuality/Bisexuality?
No one knows what causes heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality….Currently there is a renewed interest in searching for biological etiologies for homosexuality. However, to date there are no replicated scientific studies supporting any specific biological etiology for homosexuality.”[iv]


All these statements from the above organizations are backed up with peer reviewed scientific research. For example, there are five identical twin scientific studies that show us that genetic factors are minor; non-genetic factors are major.[v]


Now the public can understand what caused sexual orientation which consists of sexual behavior, sexual attraction, and sexual identity. No one is born gay!



[i] Homosexuality 101: What Every Therapist, Parent, And Homosexual Should Know

[ii];What causes a person to have a particular sexual orientation?

[iii]; On the Promotion of Homosexuality in the Schools

[iv]; What causes Homosexuality/Heterosexuality/Bisexuality?

[v] Santtila et al., 2008; Buhrich, Bailey & Martin, 1991; Bailey, Dunne & Martin, 2000; Hershberger, 1997; Bearman & Bruckner, 2002.


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