Who says being gay isn’t something like Maybelline? Maybe your born with it, maybe you’re just a product of society: it’s all the same thing. You are gay and, regardless of that chicken or egg, you still gay.
Before you go any further, put on this jam.
That will put you into the mood to read this. Carry on.
However, there are scientists working to figure out what exactly makes people gay. Is it nature or nurture or proteins tugging or not tugging your DNA? What are the scientific specifics of gaiety? Here’s an update on this: scientists have evidence that being gay is in your genetics. UCLA molecular biologist Tuck C. Ngun studied 47 pairs of identical male twins—37 of which were gay and straight and 10 of which were both gay—and found “nine areas of the human genome that are strongly linked to male homosexuality.” As a friend posted on Facebook, we are the chosen ones.
Ngun believes that “these distinct molecular marks can predict homosexuality with an accuracy of close to 70%.” That’s exciting! It’s exciting until you consider that fundamentalists and conservatives will start taking up abortion because they want to kill off the gay babies. (Maybe getting everyone on board for abortion isn’t a terrible thing? Just don’t fuck with my crew, though.)
It’s much more than just these genes, though. Here’s what else Ngun also found.
Ngun’s study of twins doesn’t reveal how or when a male takes on the epigenomic marks that distinguish him as homosexual. Many researchers believe that a person’s eventual sexual preferences are shaped in the uterus, by hormonal shifts during key stages of fetal brain development.
By imprinting themselves on the epigenome, though, environmental influences may powerfully affect how an individual’s genes express themselves over the course of his life. Ngun’s findings suggest they may interact with genes to nudge sexual orientation in one direction or the other.
So, it kind of sounds like a gift within yourself, some sort of superpower that can be unlocked if a cock gets too close to you at one point in your life. This is neat! It also explains partly how some people can wake up in their fifties or sixties and be gay. Sure, a lot of those dudes who have late comings out were dealing with shit and knew it for a long time—but some people do spend a good portion of their life “without knowing” and then it all clicks. I know people like this. This study sounds like it supports that notion in some capacity…?
In any event, this is really cool gay science stuff. Ngun’s work is being praised as a way into examining “gay genes” further but—of course—other scientists and experts are cautioning “that the discovery of epigenomic marks suggestive of homosexuality is a far cry from finding the causes of sexual preference.” Touché, white coat.
Regardless, today is a big day for homo science. Drink an appletini out of a beaker.