Scientific Research Refutes LGBT 'Born That Way' Claim
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new report by two Johns Hopkins University researchers reveals that
scientific evidence does not support the claim that homosexuals are
"born that way." How could this impact Obama's transgender directives?
One of the most shocking details of the report is that a majority of
adolescents no longer identify as transgender or deal with same-sex
attraction by adulthood. As many as 80 percent of teenage men who report
same-sex attraction no longer do so as adults.
The study also shows a very small portion of the total population,
less than 1 percent, identify as transgender. It concludes there is no
evidence to suggest that children should be encouraged to become
transgender if they exhibit opposite gender behavior.
It especially warns against any treatments or surgeries on young people who identify with the opposite gender.
Now, policy researchers in Washington are saying these findings can
help debunk many of the Obama administrations recent mandates on gender
identity-in particular the controversial school bathroom guidance.
"The report raises questions of what happens if you actually lock
that child in by encouraging the child to transition? Could some of
these school policies actually prolong the amount of time in which
someone would identify as transgender when otherwise they would have
just naturally gone out of this stage?" Ryan Anderson, a senior research
fellow at the Heritage Foundation, challenged.
Anderson also said the study dispels the Obama administration's
recent mandate requiring all health insurers under Obamacare to cover
sex-reassignment treatment and physicians must perform them.
"This report highlights that it does not look like sex reassignment
are the best medicine for very many people," he said. "It seems like in
many cases this treatment does not provide the outcomes that both the
patients and the doctors are hoping for."
Researchers recognized the heated nature of the discussion about
whether homosexuality is a choice, but still wanted to report the
science. The evidence cited in their report indicates that environmental
factors may be involved in the formation of sexual identity.
Written by Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, and published in The New Atlantis, the report evaluates data from over 200 peer-reviewed studies.
Those studies come from a broad array of scientific fields such as
epidemiology, genetics, endocrinology, psychiatry, neuroscience,
embryology and pediatrics.
"This report is about science and medicine, nothing more and nothing less," Dr. Mayer wrote in the report's preface.
Nevertheless, Mayer acknowledged the explosive nature of the report,
and expressed concern about the ramifications of releasing it.
"In the course of writing this report, I consulted a number of
individuals who asked that I not thank them by name. Some feared an
angry response from the more militant elements of the LGBT community;
others feared an angry response from the more strident elements of
religiously conservative communities," Dr. Mayer writes.
"Most bothersome, however, is that some feared reprisals from their
own universities for engaging such controversial topics, regardless of
the report's content - a sad statement about academic freedom," he said.
The report contends there is no biological explanation for sexual orientation.
"Sexual orientation and gender identity resist explanation by simple
theories. There is a large gap between the certainty with which beliefs
are held about these matters and what a sober assessment of the science
reveals," it states.
"I think it's a measured tone as I read the report," Dr. Mark
Yarhouse of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity at Regent
University told CBN News. "They really tried to just challenge the
narrative and say more research should be conducted in this area."
"In other words, we shouldn't just land on the narrative and say that
it's a settled issue in science," he continued. "Science has done some
good work in this area, but there's limitations to the research, and
maybe the narrative is ahead of the science, and good research should
still be done, asking a range of questions from environment as well as
of course from biology."
The report concedes there are some minor differences between
homosexuals and heterosexuals in the brain structures and brain
activity. However, it is unclear whether those differences are innate or
the result of a person's environment or psychological factors.
It also states that homosexuals are two to three times as likely to have been victims of childhood sexual abuse.
Regarding mental health, the report says non-heterosexuals experience
more anxiety, depression, substance abuse and suicide than
Alarmingly, suicide attempts by transgender individuals are estimated
at 41 percent compared to less than 5 percent in the overall
The report cites a limited amount of evidence that discrimination
could contribute to the higher incidence of mental health problems.
Source: CBN News