Do you think people can be born gay?Working in the medical field, I'm always interested in learning more about all things medical. And, being the analogist that I am, I'm always looking for ways to figure out why, where and how things come to be and 'are' the way that they are.
I was recently reading an article in the March 2012 issue of Reader's digest that I picked up at the local hospital here titled, "Five Body Parts You May Not Need". It was written by Robert T. Gonzalez, a science writer. In the article, Gonzalez names five body parts that experts say we could really do without.
*The Coccyx- The left over part from the tail we had as embryos.
*Ear Muscles- Apparently, our primate ancestors used them to "move their ears like satellite dishes searching for signals". Of course, the most we can do today is give a little wiggle.
*Wisdom Teeth- Anyone between the ages of say, 17-25, know how much of a nuisance these can be.
*Arrector Pili- These are muscle fibers that contract and give us what we know as 'goose bumps'. In furry animals, this would cause their fur to stand on end which traps heat, which in turn warms the animal. Humans aren't so hairy, nor lucky depending on which climate you live in, it just cautions us to wear more clothing.
When I got to the last body part, a light bulb went off, I had sort of an epiphany.
*Male Nipples- According to science, all humans start out as females in the womb. Fetuses begin developing certain female body parts like the nipples for breasts. When the 'Y' chromosome is introduced, testosterone is produced turning what is female into male, thus stopping the formation of breasts and leaving only the nipple behind.
I began to wonder, if we all begin as females, could this be proof that gay people are the way that they are because of the increase in or lack of hormones that are present?
For example in males, after testosterone is introduced, could it be possible that though they developed male characteristics, the level of estrogen could be at such a high that these males also carry female characteristics? Could this be the cause of many of the feminine traits that we see in some males and could this be the reason some males are attracted to other males, or maybe both sexes, depending upon the levels of hormones present?
This could also be said for females who are attracted to other females. The level of testosterone produced may not be high enough to fully 'transform' the fetus to a male, but causes male characteristics in the female causing her to be 'manly' and attracted to other females, or maybe even both sexes.
Studies have found that when these hormones are introduced in fetuses, there is an imbalance so severe that a fetus can develop both male and female genitalia causing the fetus to become hermaphroditic. Although one set of organs may be more prominent than the other, the individual does indeed carry both sets of reproductive organs present in both males and females.
This causes me to wonder that, maybe when homosexual people say that they were 'born' the way that they are, they could possibly be telling the truth. For example, I have a male cousin who is homosexual. I can remember when he 'came out' to me. We hadn't seen each other in years because we had re-located to the South while his family remained in Chicago. He called me on the phone one day and we were talking about him coming for a visit. He then said, "Well, I may as well tell you, I'm gay and my lover and I have been together for seven years." To which I replied, "I'm not being funny, but I kinda knew it anyway." He went on to ask how and I explained to him that he had been 'feminine' almost all of his life. That is no exaggeration either. Even as a young child, he always behaved 'like a girl' to me, thus this came as no surprise.
So, I wonder, could this be the cause in all cases? Could this unleveled balance of hormones be the reason that people are homosexual, and could they have a legitimate argument when they tell all of the bashers, haters, homo-phobes and people who commonly use religion to belittle them and make them feel less human and more animalistic, that they were indeed born this way?
What do you think?
Geneva "Nena Grace" Newsome is a writer at the Insane Asylum Blog (www.insaneasylumblog.com). You can find her on Facebook (Nena Grace) and on Twitter (@DaRealNenaGrace). You can also email her at email@example.com.