Being a maker of trouble often has its own set of requirements.
Among those requirements is a willingness to rely on factual information. That is, data that can be relied on so one can look at things with an eye on factual understandings of the world.
So while I am learning from all of you, I am also mindful of several facts. And I thought I would share some of these facts with you.
Since space is always at a premium, I'll limit it in the same way I've limited my questions: 10 basic facts.
- In a meta-analysis of 48 studies, it was shown that the strongest predictor of Homosexuality was childhood gender variance -- that is, gender Identity Dysphoria in Childhood. Among the many studies was one done by two people who are, notably, not very friendly to trans folk in general, but very friendly to cisGLB folk.
Childhood sex-typed behavior and sexual orientation: A conceptual analysis and quantitative review
Bailey, J. Michael; Zucker, Kenneth J.
Developmental Psychology. Vol 31(1), Jan 1995, 43-55.
Bem, D. J. (2000). Exotic Becomes Erotic: Integrating Biological and Experiential Antecedents of Sexual Orientation. In A. R. D'Augelli & C. J. Patterson (Eds.), Lesbian, gay, and bisexual identities and youth: Psychological perspectives. New York: Oxford University Press.
In a Kinsey Institute controlled study of 1000 gay adults, 63% of those adults indicated they were gender non-conforming in childhood, versus 15% of the control group (hets).
The Kinsey study did not include trans folk.
- There are trans gay and bisexual men. Transsexual ones, transgender ones, cross dressing ones, transvestite ones, and more.
- There are trans lesbians and bisexual women. Transsexual ones, transgender ones, cross dressing ones, transvestite ones, genderqueer ones, "tranny bois" and more.
I can personally vouch for the bisexual women part, having recently come out as such.
- Reparative therapy on gender non-conforming children is allowed. Especially if it stops them from growing up gay or trans. And gay is preferred to trans by the leading practitioner of it. (Research Kenneth J. Zucker, one example cited above.)
- Nobody knows what makes a kid who is gender variant either gay or trans. They scan the same. There is no way to tell what they will be until they reach puberty and they tell the people around them.
- The first "modern" understanding of what we know of today as homosexuality was developed in the mid-1800's. One of the terms was Urning -- described as a woman's mind in a man's body. By gay men, about gay men. That was adapted into English as "Uranian" and was a "third sex." See Karl Heinrich Ulrichs.
- This is used against cisLGB children in science.
- Research is being done in the area of sexual orientation that is challenging the dominant pattern as new research has shown that the older system is not accurate. What's coming out of that is a much simpler form of SO that is not based on same, opposite, both, neither, or other, but rather on just plain old men, women, both, other, or neither. "Homosexual" is a term that doesn't work then.
- Civil and political rights are not applicable to a single group.
- The LGBT community is extremely diverse.
There ya have it. I'm still learning from you, though, the context of that stuff, and soon enough I'll be asking a few more questions...