Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and presidential hopeful, recently apologized for a statement in which he said being gay is "absolutely" a choice. In an interview on CNN, the potential Republican presidential candidate commented that "a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and when they come out they're gay, so did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question. Since then, he has apologized for the divisiveness of his comments, but hasn't backed down from the notion that being gay is something people choose. Most scientists would disagree. Years of research suggest that people can't change their sexual orientation because they want to, and that trying can cause mental anguish.
What do the new ‘gay genes’ tell us about sexual orientation?
The 'Gay Gene' Is A Myth But Being Gay Is 'Natural,' Say Scientists
This past legislative session Utah joined 20 other states that proposed banning transgender girls biological boys from competing in school sports. She made it clear in her statement:. Craig was a star athlete as a male, but then he decided to transition to become a female and changed his name from Craig to CeCe. As CeCe, she became a champion.
Born this way? Society, sexuality and the search for the 'gay gene'
There is a common belief among liberals that people are born either gay or straight. Conservatives tend to believe that sexual orientation is actually sexual preference, which is chosen by the individual. This page represents a review of the scientific literature on the basis for homosexual orientation. Are people born gay or straight?
Fraternal birth order has been correlated with male sexual orientation , with a significant volume of research finding that the more older brothers a male has from the same mother, the greater the probability he will have a homosexual orientation. Ray Blanchard and Anthony Bogaert first identified the association in the s and named it the fraternal birth order effect. Scientists have attributed the effect to a prenatal biological mechanism, since the association is only present in men with older biological brothers, and not present among men with older step-brothers and adoptive brothers.