Stop looking for the gay gene!

An interesting post that raises so important points…

The Queerness

Stephanie Farnsworth challenges why studies searching for a ‘gay gene’ are needed.

One of the most popular recurrent stories with anything LGBTQ+ related is the search for the so-called ‘gay gene’. Yet another study (this time by NorthShore Research Institute in Evanston, Illinois and was first released in October, but is yet again gaining media attention) claims that there is a genetic link at play which determines sexuality. While the study uses 409 gay brothers (making it the largest ever) there is still no conclusive evidence which says categorically that a ‘gay gene’ exists yet the search for it is hugely problematic.

There have been arguments since LGBTQ+ activism began about whether people are born gay and whether it is a choice. There are strong points on all sides and yet they all ultimately fail upon examination. The ‘born this way’ argument hopes to attract sympathy but comes off…

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