New Study of Gay Brothers Renews Interest in Genetic Factors in Homosexuality

Papers in Australia and the UK published stories late yesterday about a study recently described at the 2013 International Association for Sex Research by Alan Sanders and then yesterday by Michael Bailey at the American Association for the Advancement of Science on genetics and homosexuality. According to an abstract of a 2012 presentation of the study, the researchers conducted a genome-wide linkage study involving over 400 pairs of gay brothers. The team identified two regions of interest: t … [Read more...]

Ex-gay Therapist Says He Changes Gay Brains; Michael Bailey Says Prove It

Recently, on the Joni Show, ex-gay therapist Jerry Mungadze said his therapy helps rewire the brains of gay clients. Listen (see RWW for transcript):If you want the full context, go to this segment on the Joni Show and hear the rest.Mungadze did not say how he accomplished this or how he tested it. His website mentions neurotherapy but we are not given many specifics.Being aware that Michael Bailey at Northwestern University has challenged ex-gay therapists to … [Read more...]

Politifact rates Tim Pawlenty's views on sexual orientation

On the July 10 Meet the Press program, Tim Pawlenty was asked by David Gregory whether or not homosexuality is a choice and if it is genetically caused. Politifact rated Pawlenty's answers and overall did a pretty good job of it.They rated Pawlenty as mostly true on the genetics question but false on the question of choice. Go give it a read. Also, what do you think of this money quote from Michael Bailey?:"If you can't make a male attracted to other males by cutting off his penis, … [Read more...]

J. Michael Bailey on twin research and sexual reorientation

Several new twin studies have been published over the past several months. A new one, just published on the Archives of Sexual Behavior website, deals with sexual orientation and neuroticism and psychoticism (more about that study in a future post). One of the co-authors of this new paper is J. Michael Bailey. Dr. Bailey is among the world's top sexuality researchers and author of numerous publications involving twins and sexual orientation. Here he comments on the limitations of twin studies … [Read more...]

Genetic effects of gender atypical behavior and sexual orientation: A study of Finnish twins

Due to time constraints, this post is less review than description of results. However, I wanted to post something on this study in advance of some commentary coming from Michael Bailey on the topic.Here is the reference and abstract:Abstract: The existence of genetic effects on gender atypical behavior in childhood and sexual orientation in adulthood and the overlap between these effects were studied in a population-based sample of 3,261 Finnish twins aged 33–43 years. The participants c … [Read more...]

Preview of coming attractions

Here is a preview of posts for the next couple of weeks.1. New research - Commenter Evan pointed out two new studies of interest, one a twin study and the other related to the the role of gender atypical behavior in adult mental distress. In additional to those two papers, there are two other studies on childhood gender nonconformity that I want to review as well.2. Q&A with Michael Bailey - Dr. Bailey will comment on the new Finnish twin study. He will also speak about the mistakes … [Read more...]

A conservative defense of sex research

During the Saddleback Civil Forum, if Rick Warren had asked the candidates about funding sex research, it might have gone like this.Warren: What is your position on researching sex?McCain: (with resolve and without hesitation) - Missionary!Obama - Uh, well, it depends on how you define "sex" and "research." Scientifically and politically, it is above my pay grade to determine what my position is in that arena.Pure fiction, of course. I doubt sex research will come up in this … [Read more...]

Multiple factors involved in sexual orientation, part 2

I posted 2 weeks ago about this twin study but it is now making the media.Here is the abstract of the article from Archives of Sexual Behavior:There is still uncertainty about the relative importance of genes and environments on human sexual orientation. One reason is that previous studies employed selfselected, opportunistic, or small population-based samples. We used data from a truly population-based 2005–2006 survey of all adult twins (20–47 years) in Sweden to conduct the largest twi … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X