Are men born gay
I n a recent Guardian article , Simon Copland argued that it is very unlikely people are born gay or presumably any other sexual orientation. Scientific evidence says otherwise. It points strongly to a biological origin for our sexualities. I would argue that understanding our fundamental biological nature should make us more vigorous in promoting LGB rights.
Biology and sexual orientation
Massive Study Finds No Single Genetic Cause of Same-Sex Sexual Behavior - Scientific American
Few aspects of human biology are as complex—or politically fraught—as sexual orientation. Now, a new study claims to dispel the notion that a single gene or handful of genes make a person prone to same-sex behavior. The analysis, which examined the genomes of nearly half a million men and women, found that although genetics are certainly involved in who people choose to have sex with, there are no specific genetic predictors. Yet some researchers question whether the analysis, which looked at genes associated with sexual activity rather than attraction, can draw any real conclusions about sexual orientation. The handful of genetic studies conducted in the past few decades have looked at only a few hundred individuals at most—and almost exclusively men.
There is no 'gay gene,' major study concludes
In the s, sexologist Alfred Kinsey, who was on the verge of publishing his first major report on male sexuality in the US, enlisted a photographer named Thomas Painter to investigate gay subcultures. He was particularly drawn to masculine white men who generally viewed themselves as heterosexual; Painter offered to take their photos, a trick he used as a lead-in to sex. Although Painter was sometimes physically attacked, many men agreed to sleep with him — sometimes for money, sometimes not. But by the mids, as categories of heterosexuality and homosexuality hardened in the American consciousness, Painter noticed a change. Where once these straight-identified hustlers could move freely in and out of queer spaces, they were now defined by their association with queer men.
All sexual acts are voluntary. A decision to marry is voluntary, just as a decision to engage in homosexual acts is voluntary. The ability to choose based on the outcome of a reasoned decision is what sets man above the level of nature.