“Gay Gene” and Transgender Surgery Lack Scientific Backing

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“Gay Gene” and Transgender Surgery Lack Scientific Backing

Besides Biblical reasons against homosexuality (Genesis 19:1-11; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; etc), there are appears to be no conclusive evidence for the existence of the so-called “gay gene.”

Earlier this year, the gay-friendly newspaper The Guardian reported on the latest findings of a study by psychologist Michael Bailey:

A region of the X chromosome called Xq28 had some impact on men’s sexual behaviour – though scientists have no idea which of the many genes in the region are involved, nor how many lie elsewhere in the genome.

Another stretch of DNA on chromosome 8 also played a role in male sexual orientation – though again the precise mechanism is unclear. . . .

The gene or genes in the Xq28 region that influence sexual orientation have a limited and variable impact. Not all of the gay men in Bailey’s study inherited the same Xq28 region. The genes were neither sufficient, nor necessary, to make any of the men gay.

Bailey adds, “We found evidence for two sets [of genes] that affect whether a man is gay or straight. But it is not completely determinative; there are certainly other environmental factors involved.”

Similarly, the American Psychological Association noted, “There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation.”

But some experts obscure these facts. Writing for the Washington Post in June of this year, Australian geneticist Jenny Graves claimed there is “evidence of a ‘gay gene’”:

This year, a larger study of gay brothers, using the many genetic markers now available through the Human Genome Project, confirmed the original finding and also detected another “gay gene” on chromosome 8. This has unleashed a new flurry of comment.

But why such a furor when we know of gay gene variants in species from flies to mammals? Homosexuality is quite common throughout the animal kingdom. For instance, there are variants that influence mating preference in mice, and a mutation in the fruit fly makes males court other males instead of females.

Despite the lack of evidence that particular genes determine whether a person will be homosexual, Graves quotes the article cited in The Guardian. Articles such as these tend to mislead the public into believing that homosexuality is an unchangeable genetic condition.

Enter the Transgender Debate: “Sex change” is biologically impossible

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, penned the most devastating critic of the transgender agenda to date. He writes,

Policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention. This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken—it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.

The transgendered suffer a disorder of “assumption” like those in other disorders familiar to psychiatrists. With the transgendered, the disordered assumption is that the individual differs from what seems given in nature—namely one’s maleness or femaleness.

He continues,

A 2011 study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden produced the most illuminating results yet regarding the transgendered, evidence that should give advocates pause. The long-term study—up to 30 years—followed 324 people who had sex-reassignment surgery. The study revealed that beginning about 10 years after having the surgery, the transgendered began to experience increasing mental difficulties. Most shockingly, their suicide mortality rose almost 20-fold above the comparable nontransgender population. This disturbing result has as yet no explanation but probably reflects the growing sense of isolation reported by the aging transgendered after surgery. The high suicide rate certainly challenges the surgery prescription.

Finally, he makes this astounding conclusion:

At the heart of the problem is confusion over the nature of the transgendered. “Sex change” is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.

It is very surprising to see that despite the ambiguity and absence of irrefutable scientific evidence surrounding the “gay gene” and transgendered claims, gay and judicial activists keep pounding on the public to accept homosexuality as normal. More saddening is the forthcoming study from Duke University that shows a growing number of churches accepting gays and lesbians in their leadership structures. How shall we stand?

A Bible-based church such as the Seventh-day Adventist Church must point to the Bible and Jesus Christ—the Bible as a guide in these complex matters of mortals and morals, and Jesus Christ as the only One able to deliver, heal, and transform us from the power of sin and Satan.


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Valmy Karemera is associate editor of The Compass Magazine and posts daily news updates on the Compass Twitter page. Originally from Rwanda, he now lives and works in Texas with his family.