Essay on Homosexuality as Nature or Nurture

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Homosexuality as Nature or Nurture

Human sexuality has been one of society's most interesting, controversial, debated, and misunderstood topics. It has been the topic of numerous books, essays, documentaries, websites, and television magazine segments. More specifically, homosexuality is probably the most misunderstood aspect of human sexuality. This is mainly due to lack of education, exposure, or just a general close mindedness. Homosexual tendencies are genetically caused, but acting on these tendencies is a choice caused by a number of factors, different for different people. In order to fully understand the issues discussed in this essay, it is necessary to define some terms that will be used frequently. Heterosexual,
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In researched published in 1991 in the Archives of General Psychiatry, [Bailey and Pillard] reported that among identical twins reared together, each individual had a high probability (52%) of being homosexual if the other twin was. For non-identical twins, adopted brothers, and non-twin siblings, the correlation was much lower (22%, 11%, and 9% repectively). (NGLTF)
The probability is more than half that if one identical twin were homosexual, then the other would be. The way this supports the genetic theory is that identical twins share many of the same genes; they share most of the same traits. If one of the twin's traits is homosexuality, the chances are more than half that the other will have it. This is great proof that homosexuality is genetically carried Though the physical attraction to someone of the same sex may be genetic, acting upon that is caused by numerous factors. For example; an adolescent feels homosexual tendencies. The household from which they come is accepting, and the community they live in is very open minded and equally accepting. In this type of situation, the adolescent would be less afraid of their homosexual tendencies, caused by their genetics, and they would probably be more likely to come to terms with it. Being from accepting households and communities, coming out of the closet would probably be the best thing for them and much less complicated to do. The greatest feeling for any gay or lesbian is to come out of the
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