Donna Pandori

APA Admits No Gay Gene - Really?

Filed By Donna Pandori | May 19, 2009 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics

Charlie Butts,, reports

The attempt to prove that homosexuality is determined biologically has been dealt a knockout punch. An American Psychological Association publication includes an admission that there's no homosexual "gene" -- meaning it's not likely that homosexuals are born that way.

Halleluiah praise the lord there's no homosexual gene! Repent, pray, and be saved!

The documentation Butts uses to back up his claim (with no link provided but I will) is a 2008 APA brochure entitled Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality. Butt's quotes the following:

"There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation.

"No consensus", nothing new or earth-shattering there, lets' continue:

Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles...."

He omitted the end of that last sentence so I'll provide it for you:

...most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.

Butts excluded many "inconvenient" paragraphs from the APA's brochure like, for example, this one:

What about therapy intended to change sexual orientation from gay to straight?

All major national mental health organizations have officially expressed concerns about therapies promoted to modify sexual orientation. To date, there has been no scientifically adequate research to show that therapy aimed at changing sexual orientation (sometimes called reparative or conversion therapy) is safe or effective. Furthermore, it seems likely that the promotion of change therapies reinforces stereotypes and contributes to a negative climate for lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons. This appears to be especially likely for lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals who grow up in more conservative religious settings.

Helpful responses of a therapist treating an individual who is troubled about her or his samesex attractions include helping that person actively cope with social prejudices against homosexuality, successfully resolve issues associated with and resulting from internal conflicts, and actively lead a happy and satisfying life. Mental health professional organizations call on their members to respect a person's (client's) right to selfdetermination; be sensitive to the client's race, culture, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, language, and disability status, when working with that client; and eliminate biases based on these factors.

and this one:

Is homosexuality a mental disorder?

No, lesbian, gay, and bisexual orientations are not disorders. Research has found no inherent association between any of these sexual orientations and psychopathology. Both heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Both have been documented in many different cultures and historical eras. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in this country to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual relationships are normal forms of human bonding. Therefore, these mainstream organizations long ago abandoned classifications of homosexuality as a mental disorder.

Gee, no wonder Butts didn't provide a link to the full-text of the APA's brochure. I guess you could say Charlie really pulled it out of his "Butt" on this one.

This is a perfect example of the misinformation being pumped out to the uninformed public.

Suggested Bibliographic Citation:
American Psychological Association. (2008). Answers to your questions: For a better understanding of sexual orientation and homosexuality. Washington, DC: Author. [Retrieved from]

This material may be reproduced and distributed in whole or in part without permission provided that the reproduced content includes the original bibliographic citation and the following statement is included: © 2008 American Psychological Association.

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I first heard about this from the Crazy Christians - using this as a "leverage point" that the Gay Agenda has no basis since it's a "choice."

From what I understood reading the Brochure, the APA actually made the brochure more scientifically sound. As a scientist, you can argue that same-sex attraction is caused biologically or because you ate Arugala while watching Mommy Dearest before the age of two (I'm gay because of the Latter - BTW).

Either conclusion MUST state that there is no single conclusion. Had the the APA written a brochure concerning God, they would have to state that there is no conclusive evidence proving the existence of an all-knowing supreme being, but at the same time, you can't disprove it either. To conclude definitively that Homosexuality is due solely to genetics invalidates the scientific data and actually gives Christian zealots more ammunition (because bad science, even if it sounds correct is STILL bad science).

Thank god the APA is ensuring their fuzzy science actually still has some merit in the scientific community. If you've taken a psychology statistics class, the first lesson you learn is that you can make data and numbers say *anything*. Its the TRUE scientist who states the data is inconclusive.

Cheers APA - Now if you could just get rid of stigmatizing our Trans family as having a disorder when their identity differs from a norm, not the ONLY norm :-P

Are you shocked that the right has to resort to selective quotes and misinformation? That's been their MO on all issues - not just LGBT ones.

Its nonsense.

He obviously read it, filtered it and spouted out what he wanted to say.

*sigh* the same way he does the bible and a box of Fruit Loops.