New Study: Prenatal Exposure to Progesterone May Influence Adult Sexual Orientation

The causes of sexual attraction continue to be of significant interest. This study will focus attention on prenatal factors, far outside of an individual's control. These findings may also direct attention to the administration of Progesterone. PRESS RELEASEProgesterone and bisexuality: Is there a link?Giving progesterone to prevent miscarriage could influence baby’s sexual orientation in later lifeHeidelberg | New York, 3 April 2017Bisexuality is quite common among men and w … [Read more...]

Calling All Former Participants in Studies of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

Writing on Tuesday about Joseph Nicolosi's new reparative therapy study got me thinking about the other studies of sexual orientation change efforts which have come and gone. I know a few participants in the Spitzer, Shidlo and Schroeder, Jones and Yarhouse studies who once told researchers they had changed orientation but now identify as gay. I suspect some have stayed about the same as they were when they participated in the research. It would be interesting to find out if there are any … [Read more...]

New Sexual Reorientation Study Off to a Shaky Start; Michael Bailey’s Brain Scan Offer is Still Good

After the closing of Exodus International, the wind went out of the sexual reorientation sails. In June of last year, former ex-gay organization Exodus International leader Alan Chambers said the movement was "gasping for air."However, a quiet breeze may be blowing still as demonstrated by a study being conducted by one of the luminaries of reparative therapy, Joseph Nicolosi and relative newcomer Carolyn Pela.  Nicolosi and Pela summarized their preliminary findings at a meeting of the … [Read more...]

Washington State Supreme Court Rules Against Arlene’s Flower in Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case

Just awhile ago the Washington Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling against Barronelle Stutzman and Arlene's Flowers in the sexual orientation discrimination case over flower arrangements.Read the ruling here.The owner of Arlene's Flowers, Barronelle Stutzman was fined as the result of refusing to provide a custom flower arrangement to a gay couple in Richland, WA. Stutzman appealed the fine and ruling to the Washington Supreme Court and today lost at that level as well.The … [Read more...]

David Barton Promotes Seven Mountains Dominionism Through Schools of Government

In the recent sales pitch to representatives from Gateway Church, David Barton commented on the schools of Government he has helped establish at Charis Bible College and Ecclesia College. Watch:Transcript: In the last two-- in the last year we've had two Christian colleges come to us and say, 'Hey we want to do a School of Government. Will you guys do our School of Government?' And so, all right, I can do that, cuz I've been in politics a long time. I've recruited thousands of people … [Read more...]

Weekly Standard Writer Says I’m An Academic Who Should Know Better

On Wednesday, Weekly Standard writer Jonathan Last wrote to ask if I read the entire paper on sexual orientation and gender identity from Mayer and McHugh in The New Atlantis. He had read my blog post on the subject and asked if I had read only the sexual orientation sections.  I replied that I had only read the sexual orientation parts of the paper. I added that with school starting here I had not gotten to the gender identity section of the paper.From that brief exchange, Mr. Last wrote t … [Read more...]

The Editor of The New Atlantis Responds to My Critique of the Mayer and McHugh Article

On August 25, Adam Keiper, editor of The New Atlantis emailed to give me his reaction to my initial critique of the new article by Lawrence Mayer and Paul McHugh on sexual orientation and gender. Please review that post before you read his remarks.I appreciate Keiper's professionalism in his remarks. I also appreciated a cordial phone call we had on Thursday. Keiper gave permission for me to publish his remarks. They are reproduced in full from the email. I plan to add my reactions over the … [Read more...]

The New Atlantis Study on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity That’s Not a Study

UPDATE: In a post out on 8/27/16, Adam Keiper, editor at The New Atlantis magazine responds to this post with a rebuttal to my points below. I urge you to go read it. I in turn respond to him. I also make a correction in my original post below based on his communication to me.------------------------------------------------- (original post below)Over the past year, hot discussions of sexual orientation have been pushed aside by controversies over gender identity and bathrooms. A new … [Read more...]