Being Gay IS In Your Genes, Northwestern University Study

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Researchers at Northwestern University say they have identified a potential genetic basis for homosexuality in men — but are the findings really in the best interest of LGBTQ rights? Are the two even related? On Friday, tabloid media blew up after Dr. Michael Bailey and his colleagues told the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago that genetics is responsible for determining more than a third of a population’s sexual orientation. Citing 400 pairs of gay brothers recruited at Gay Pride festivals over several years, they indicated the presence of a “gay gene” that obtained across the sample but not in a straight control group. “Sexual orientation has nothing to do with choice,” Bailey told reporters. “Our findings suggest there may be genes at play — we found evidence for two sets that affect whether a man is gay or straight.”

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