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‘Gay Gene’? Nope!

Since the 1980s, pro-LGBT researchers have been promoting the myth that there was a “gay gene” that determines a person’s sexual orientation. Now, with results from a new genome-wide association study of more than 477,000 individuals from the United States and the United Kingdom published recently in Science magazine, the idea that same-sex attraction is linked to one single “born this way” gene has been laid to rest.

Deviant sexuality can’t be pinned on biology alone. Conservatives have known this for a long time, but advocates for normalizing homosexuality hoped for a biologically determinative “cause” for their attractions and behaviors, as it would have eliminated any argument about sexual norms and right and wrong behavior.

In culling through data for almost a half a million people, the researchers discovered that genetic factors only account for eight to 25 percent of same-sex behavior. Brendan Zietsch, senior author of the study and a genetic researcher at the University of Queensland, says that sexual orientation “is influenced by genes but not determined by genes. Non-genetic influences are also important, but we know little about these and our study does not shed light on them.”

In the end, no one can predict who will be straight and who will be homosexual just by looking at someone’s genes.

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No ‘gay gene’ can predict sexual orientation, study says
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BreakPoint: The Search for the “Gay Gene”
A New Study, Predictable Reactions
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‘Gay gene’ theories belong in the past – now we know sexuality is far more fluid
Guardian

Large-scale GWAS reveals insights into the genetic architecture of same-sex sexual behavior
Science Magazine

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LGBT-Sympathizing University Philosophers Stand Up for Free Speech

Feminist Laura Tanner, a graduate student at the University of California-Santa Barbara, is under investigation for being outspoken against “transgender” ideology. Now a dozen LGBT-sympathizing philosophers in academia are coming to her rescue.

This group of philosophers from Europe, Canada, America, and Australia say that academic debate is essential and that any measures that censor a colleague’s skepticism toward gender identity “violate the fundamental academic commitment to free inquiry.” They go on to say, “Moreover, the consequent narrowing of discussion would set a dangerous precedent, threatening the ability of philosophers to engage with the issues of the day. . . none of the arguments recently made by our colleagues can reasonably be regarded as incitement or hate speech. . . Academic freedom, like freedom of thought more broadly, should be restricted only with the greatest caution, if ever.”

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Women’s Rights Groups Point Out Unfair Advantage of ‘Transgender’ Athletes

Women’s rights groups are urging their respective Olympic committees to stop male athletes who have “transitioned” to “female” athletes from participating in women’s sports. The demand comes after “transgender” Laurel Hubbard won two gold medals and a silver medal in three of the women’s heavyweight categories. Under standards established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2015, Hubbard could be eligible to compete in next year’s Olympics in Tokyo, although each country may establish its own standards.

Ani O’Brien, who represents one such women’s rights groups, the New Zealand-based lobby group “Speak Up For Women,” said, “Kiwis (New Zealanders) know that males competing in women’s sport is blatantly unfair.”

Supporting that position is a new study from the Journal of Medical Ethics that concluded, “the advantage to transwomen afforded by the IOC guidelines is an intolerable unfairness.”

While the IOC allows only those “transwomen” who have only a small, specified level of testosterone in their bodies to participate, the study shows that there is much more to being biologically male than one hormone. “Hormone therapy will not alter bone structure, lung volume, or heart size of the transwoman athlete . . . so natural advantages, including joint articulation, stroke volume, and maximal oxygen uptake, will be maintained,” the study noted.

Even USA Powerlifting, which does not allow “transwomen” to compete against females, agrees with the new study, stating, “Men naturally have a larger bone structure, higher bone density, stronger connective tissue, and higher muscle density than women. These traits, even with reduced levels of testosterone, do not go away.”

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World Health Organization Redefines ‘Transgender’ Condition

The World Health Organization is no longer labeling “transgenderism” as a mental illness in its latest International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11, which was approved at the end of May. What used to be termed “gender identity disorder” will now be referred to as “gender incongruence” and will now be found in the sexual health chapter instead of the chapter on mental disorders.

A WHO representative explained, “We had a better understanding that this was not actually a mental health condition, and leaving it there was causing stigma.”

According to ICD-11, “Gender incongruence is characterized by a marked and persistent incongruence between an individual’s experienced gender and the assigned sex.” The term is the same as “gender dysphoria” used by the American Psychiatric Association.

The WHO’s latest reclassification has been met with both praise from the LGBT supporting Human Rights Watch and frustration from a group of trans activists who don’t think the definition is progressive enough.

As of now, countries have until 2022 to conform to the WHO changes.

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Aussie Rugby Star Promotes Bible, Loses Career

Australian rugby star Israel Folau lost a $4 million contract last Friday when an appeals tribunal upheld Rugby Australia’s decision to terminate Folau’s contract after he posted a biblically-based comment on Instagram warning different types of sinners about the reality of hell as well as proclaiming the love of Jesus.

Folau explained, “As Australians, we are born with certain rights, including the right to freedom of religion and the right to freedom of expression. The Christian faith has always been a part of my life and I believe it is my duty as a Christian to share God’s word.”

However, Rugby Australia saw the 30-year-old’s words as violating its code of conduct, since it is also a founding member of Pride in Sport, a program that promotes LGBT lifestyles in athletics. The rugby league asked Folau to take down the post or risk losing his contract.

Folau not only refused to take down the post, but also refused the league’s $1 million settlement. He is considering bringing a lawsuit.

Earlier this month, both Land Rover and Asics pulled their partnerships with Folau after the Instagram post. Folau could be the first Australian athlete dismissed for expressing fundamental religious beliefs.

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