Is there some familial or environmental factor responsible? For Aravosis, and many gay activists like him, the public will only accept and affirm gay people if they think they were born gay. The evidence to date offers no consensus that the Born This Way argument is the beginning and end of the story. I want to be very clear: In response to the poll, one of my Facebook friends quipped about how natural selection must be working in overtime, what with making all of us gay! All of our desires are continually being shaped throughout our lives, in the very specific contexts in which we discover and rehearse them. The Caucasian male is sexually promiscuous with every girl he can be even to the point of date rape but the African-American male abstains from sex, believing it should be reserved for marriage.
What is BBC Future?
'Gay genes': science is on the right track, we're born this way. Let’s deal with it.
So why should we take their claims seriously? Genes are far from the whole story. We should stop pretending that it does. Therefore, a biological man who identifies as transgender would claim his brain scan shows he has a female brain. Those making the argument for being born gay is that if people are born a certain way, then it makes it morally acceptable. This story is part of our Sexual Revolutions series on our evolving understanding of sex and gender.
Granted, none of this means that there were no genetic or prenatal factors that went into the construction of my or any other sexual orientation. The evidence to date offers no consensus that the Born This Way argument is the beginning and end of the story. But there are still legal protections for them. In fact there are more pressing problems that I would like to see addressed, such as the inadequate research on female sexuality. The biology of sexuality diversity tells the world to deal with it. What is BBC Future?