The post "are you a homophobe????" by MarkosOrrealus got me to wondering about homosexuality. I hope this kind of post hasn't been done before,
but the only thing I could find even close to this was this: www.abovetopsecret.com...
but it isn't quite what I'm getting
at, so I started this thread. (I tried searching for gay, homosexuality, homo, homophobe, to the beginning, in separate searches for each word)
Basically, I am wondering, what is the cause of homosexuality? Please in this thread refrain from commenting whether you believe it is acceptable or
not, sin or not, etc. I am looking ONLY at the SOURCE of homosexuality, nothing else, here. Here are a few of my observations towards the genetic
origins case, and the lifestyle choice case.
-given the stigma that surrounds homosexuality, it seems that few people would willingly choose such a lifestyle. A university professor told our
class that approximately 11% of the world population is gay or lesbian. (I only have met one gay person, however, so I am skeptical of this
statistic, although it did come from the UN, and they aren't likely to b.s. something like that) She also told us that in previous years, some
students have told her that they were gay/lesbian, in approximately that percentage. I've also seen numbers of roughly 10% in other locations, as
-there are well-documented cases of people born androgynous. It seems a small reach to assume that homosexuality can also occur at birth
-there are documented instances of animals engaging in homosexual behavior; the ones i recall reading about were beetles and monkeys, but there are
probably lots more. Animals tend to act more on instinct than reason, and I doubt that most animals would be cognitively capable of making such a
choice as sexual preference, they would follow their instinct. I could see more intelligent species such as the monkey making choices like this, but
the beetle? I doubt it.
-if homosexuality was genetic, shouldn't natural selection result in less homosexuality over time, eventually causing it to cease to exist? After
all, homosexual relationships don't produce children. (although bisexual ones can, plus some gay people marry someone of the opposite sex to hide
their homosexuality, or because they aren't conscious of it themselves)
-if homosexuality was genetic, wouldn't all homosexuals therefore know in early childhood that they were 'different'? Some do, obviously, but
others make it into adulthood before they notice their homosexual tendencies, suggesting they are something that evolved over time, rather than
predetermined at birth
If there are any other possibilities besidse the two in my title, feel free to suggest them.
For the record, I am a 23 year old straight white churchgoing Canadian male with 4 years of university, if it matters.