Homosexuality and the Truth
A Life Determined Before Birth?
Introduction - Essentially, society has two views of homosexuality. The
traditional view holds that homosexuality is an aberration, the orientation
is a disorder, and the behaviour is pathological. The opposing view is
that homosexuality is a normal variant in the human condition, that it is
determined before birth, and homosexual behaviour is natural for those so
oriented. The gay community has been tremendously successful in gaining
acceptance for the second view. This view, however, rests on a number of
questionable premises, which if false, lead us back to the traditional
"Homosexuality is genetically or otherwise prenatally determined." This is
the bottom line for many regarding homosexuality. Almost without
exception, this is the belief of those in the church who advocate the
acceptance of homosexuality. They are born that way; they cannot change;
and so the loving thing to do is to help them accept their homosexuality.
The gay community has a tremendous stake in having society accept this
view. The whole gay rights movement is really a "gay acceptance" movement.
As a people often subject to scorn, ridicule, hate and rejection, they
desperately want to be accepted as "normal."
Having people believe that a certain proportion of mankind is born
homosexual would legitimize homosexuality as nothing else could. "Being
born gay, is just like being born left handed, or with red hair, It's a
normal variation in the human species". Who wouldn't rather be seen this
way as opposed to being labeled a "deviant" or "pervert?"
What is the evidence as far as homosexuality being genetic, or hormonal, or
otherwise biologically predetermined?
First, we should state that the burden of proof on this should rest with
those who take the position that homosexuality is inborn. On this count,
the advocates of the normalcy of homosexuality fail miserably.
Almost always, they speak in generalities, using phrases such as "many
believe," or "current research has proven." But when asked who the many
are, or where the research is, they come up short.
The Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Newark (U.S.A.), who has gained
national attention for his strong pro-gay statements, in stating absolutely
that homosexuality is inborn, offers as his source, nothing more than
private conversations with people who are doing "frontier work in the
nothing has been published and gained wide acceptance in the scientific and
medical communities that indicates that homosexuality is primarily genetic
or otherwise prenatally determined.
This is a strong statement, but we are so sure of it that we back it up
with the agreement to address any reasonable challenges to it in this
What do the experts say, those who specialize in the fields of human
sexuality or homosexuality? These are the views that we should seek on
this particular issue, not those who have a religious agenda to promote or
a lifestyle to protect.
One of the most widely recognized authorities on the subject is John W.
Money, Ph.D., a professor at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and
Director of the Psychohormonal Research Institute. In an article in
Perspectives in Human Sexuality, he states:
Whatever may be the possible unlearned assistance from constitutional
sources, the child's psychosexual identity is not written, unlearned in the
genetic code, the hormonal system or the nervous system at birth. 1/
A psychiatrist who has written and spoken widely on the subject of
homosexuality, Dr. Charles W. Socarides, of the Albert Einstein College of
Medicine in New York has stated:
Homosexuality, the choice of a partner of the same sex for orgastic
satisfaction, is not innate. There is no connection between sexual
instinct and the choice of sexual object. Such an object choice is
learned, acquired behaviour; there is no inevitable genetically inborn
propensity toward the choice of a partner of either the same or opposite
Another expert who has written widely on the subject is George A. Rekers,
Ph.D., Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioural Science at the
University of South Carolina School of Medicine. In his view:
At the present time, we may tentatively conclude that the main source for
gender and sexual behaviour deviance is found in social learning and
psychological development variables ... although we should recognize that
there remains the theoretical possibility that biological abnormalities
could contribute a potential vulnerability factor in some indirect way.
Finally, we have the opinions of Masters and Johnson, the most widely known
authorities in the field of human sexual behaviour. In one of their books
they have written:
The genetic theory of homosexuality has been generally discarded today.
Despite the interest in possible hormone mechanisms in the origin of
homosexuality, no serious scientist today suggest that a simple cause -
effect relationship applies. 5/
"Nurture vs. Nature" arguments are always difficult, man being such a
complex creature. Whether we are discussing alcoholism, criminal behaviour
or homosexuality. it may be impossible to prove the cause of any form of
behaviour or any identity using scientific methods or the strict rules of
logic. But the overwhelming consensus from experts in the field is that
homosexuality is primarily learned behaviour and if there is any genetic
element, it is almost certainly a minor contributor.
If homosexuality is, indeed, learned behaviour, then there is the strong
possibility that it can be unlearned. In fact, there is growing evidence
that substantial numbers of people are experiencing real change!
By Alan Medinger
1/ John W. Money, "Sexual Dimorphism and Homosexual Gender Identity", in
Perspectives in Human Sexuality, ed. Nathaniel W. Wagner (New York:
Behavioural Publications, 1974), p.67
2/ Charles W. Socarides, "Homosexuality: Basic Concepts and
Psychodynamics", in the International Journal of Psychiatry, 1972
3/ George A. Rekers, "The Formation of Homosexual Orientation", an
address to the North American Social Science Network Conference,
Washington, D.C., February 26, 1987
4/ William H. Masters, Virginia E. Brown, and Robert C. Kolodny, Human
Sexuality, (Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1984), p.319
5/ Ibid., p.320
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