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    I've been thinking about this: what decides ones sexuality? Are genes affecting or outside factors or both? If so, can we guess ones sexuality by looking at their family tree or the conditions they have lived in?

    I had this question first when talking with someone really against gay marriage and his argument was "Two guys shouldn't get married and have a child together cause then the child would be gay too".
    I just didn't know how to answer: of course if only outside factors would matter a situation like this would maybe be possible (of course real life isn't this black and white).

    Then again, if only genes would matter you should start to see a pattern with the spread of different sexualities and maybe then it would be possible that everyone were one day f.e. gay (or gays would disappear from the world).

    I'm guessing it's a mixture of the two, but really don't know.



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    Study is showing consistantly that its a complex mix of genetics, womb conditions/chemistry, order of birth, and external factors.

    Note the higher the number of children the more often younger members of the family are LGBTQ


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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    Study is showing consistantly that its a complex mix of genetics, womb conditions/chemistry, order of birth, and external factors.
    Nice! So in theory, you could be able to predict ones sexuality before they know it themselves. Maybe someday.

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    Note the higher the number of children the more often younger members of the family are LGBTQ
    This can probably be connected to other psychological phenomenons discovered with younger children inside a family...
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    Possibly, but very unlikely, as i said its an extremely complex set of factors, with a combination of some genetic predispositions and a host of other factors.


    Why do you think its a psychological phenomenon? To put it another way, is being a straight male a psychological phenomenon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akarri View Post

    This can probably be connected to other psychological phenomenons discovered with younger children inside a family...
    My mistake, didn't mean to use the word "other".
    That sentence was crappy anyways, what I meant to say was that it would be interesting to know how being the youngest child affects your sexuality.
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    Ahh, in that case its a small percentage of likelyhood increase with each child, but seems to be related to womb chemistry and to when certain hormones etc are present.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    Ahh, in that case its a small percentage of likelyhood increase with each child, but seems to be related to womb chemistry and to when certain hormones etc are present.
    It might also simply have something to do with the fact that education and approval of LGBT+ communities are growing all the time: that f.e. 5 years between two children might be a huge difference.
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    Umm, no, it really doesnt, as someones orientation/gender identity is what it is with or without acceptance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akarri View Post
    It might also simply have something to do with the fact that education and approval of LGBT+ communities are growing all the time: that f.e. 5 years between two children might be a huge difference.
    That likely makes a difference in terms of how many people come out as gay - but won't change the underlying percentages much.
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    Of course a person is f.e. gay or then isn't, but we're talking about research here: a gay person who doesn't even know what "gay" means or thinks that they're gross in some way will probably not accept their sexuality and will not answer "gay" when asked about it.

    So yes, I think that growing education and acceptance does have an impact on at least the accuracy of research. And, after all, results of researches is what we take as information.
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