May 06, 2011
On Friday, May 06 2011, there were discussions on the Power102 FM radio station about homosexuality. A homosexual male called arguing that people are born homosexuals. In other words, he argued that homosexuality is genetically predetermined. Several callers challenged that claim. Dr. Raj Ramnanan, who also hosts a night programme on the said station titled Sexplosion, called in to the morning show and reiterated the claim that people were born homosexuals. Later that night on his show he repeated the statement and claimed that there are many scientific papers online that proves his point made earlier. The studies, he claims, explain how people are born gay.
He urged callers to search online about the “Gay Gene”. I did such a search and no results shows what he claims. These publications claim the opposite and have posited that environmental as well as other factors may result in homosexual preferences since there is no genetic evidence to suggest otherwise. I am sharing a collection of the articles that I read so far, and as I research more I will post them here.
“This is the Way God Made Me”
A Scientific Examination of Homosexuality and the “Gay Gene”
2003 – Brad Harrub, Ph.D. and Bert Thompson, Ph.D. and Dave Miller, Ph.D.
Is Homosexuality Inherited?
By Richard Horton, July, 1995
Richard Horton is the editor of The Lancet, the British medical journal.
The Gay Gene: Assertions, Retractions, and Controversy
2003 Department of Biology, Davidson College, Davidson, NC 28035
This web page was produced as an assignment for an undergraduate course at Davidson College.
Is Homosexuality Genetic? The Gay Gene?
By Jeffrey Satinover, M.D.
Jeffery B. Satinover, M.D. has practiced psychoanalysis for more than nineteen years, and psychiatry for more than ten. He is a former Fellow in Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry at Yale University, a past president of the C.G. Jung Foundation, and a former William James Lecturer in Psychology and Religion at Harvard University. He holds degrees from MIT, the University of Texas, and Harvard University. He is the author of Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth (Baker Books, 1996).
Biology and sexual orientation
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Biology and sexual orientation is the subject of research into the role of biology in the development of human sexual orientation. No simple, single cause for sexual orientation has been conclusively demonstrated, but research suggests that it is by a combination of genetic, hormonal, and environmental influences, with biological factors involving a complex interplay of genetic factors and the early uterine environment. Biological factors which may be related to the development of a heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or asexual orientation include genes, prenatal hormones, and brain structure.
Homosexuality: Nature or Nurture
By Ryan D. Johnson – April 30, 2003
In recent decades, many hotly debated topics have come under the scrutiny of sociobiologists, trying to determine their causation and origins. One such topic is homosexuality. Originally thought by the American Psychological Association (hereafter referred to as APA) to be a mental disorder, research into its causes, origins, and development have consequently led to its removal by the APA from its list of diagnoses and disorders .
How homosexuality is ‘inherited’
BBC News: October 13, 2004
Scientists say they have shown how male homosexuality could be passed from generation to generation.
Homosexual Activist Says There’s No “Gay Gene”