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View Poll Results: Is being gay enviromental or genetic
People are born gay due to their DNA 6 12.77%
people become gay due to their enviroment/experiances 26 55.32%
Its both genetic and enviromental together that dictate sexuality 15 31.91%
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Default Re: Are you born gay or do you become gay?

I think it is a bit nature and nurture as well as hormonal influences. I do believe that most people don't have a conscious choice in it. You can be celibate but you will still have a sexual orientation.

Identical twins are not both gay simply because they are not identical. Even if the twins are classed as identical, they will have hundreds of genetic differences due to replication errors. Also there will then be the issue of epigenetics so the switches might come on for one twin but not another. If we consider that the colour of say a poodle is controlled by 9 different genes and also how they are expressed depends on things like temperature, hormones and interplay with other genes, it is likely that there is no single gay gene but a whole host of factors which control it.

Some people do appear to change their sexual orientation but for most it will remain constant throughout their lifetime. So for the people claiming that friends turned due to experiences, it is possible or maybe they were bisexual.

Studies on domesticated sheep showed that gay male sheep had brains more similar to females and gay female sheep had brains more similar to males.

Black swans have a consistently high % of male couplings. They chase off female swans from their eggs and raise the chicks. That is advantageous for the species as a whole as it frees up the female to breed again and the chicks under the care of the gay male couple have improved rates of survival - possibly due to their higher physical strength in protected them.
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