I went through the article published by San Jose Mercury News several times hoping I fit the mold for homosexuality – could I pass the gay litmus test? I did not want to find that I did not have any of the characteristics of “things that make you gay.” The article stated, compared to their heterosexual counterparts, gay men are more likely:
to be left-handed…
I’m right handed in spite of an injury as a child that forced me to use my left hand for several weeks. The injury and inevitable forced usage of my left hand, ultimately made me semi-ambidextrous. For some things I still use my left hand, but for the most part, my right hand is the strong one and the one with which I write. Since I’m technically not left handed, I have to admit that I fail this homosexuality test.
to have hair that whorls in a counterclockwise direction.
Mine whorls clockwise (except in the morning when it whorls wherever it wants too). I read that one and started trying to brush my hair in a different whorl. No matter how much I twisted it, it refused to whorl counterclockwise. I missed that gay characteristic – and no matter how hard I’ve tried, I can’t seem to make it happen. Thus I fail this homo-test too.
to be the younger siblings of older brothers…
Whew – I’m the youngest of two older biological brothers (both of which are generally heterosexual) – I get to be gay after all. I pass this gay test with flying colors. But unlike the aforementioned tests, this one doesn’t seem to have anything to do with me, individually. The article went on to explain:
Less understood is the degree to which sexual orientation is determined by genes or environmental factors, such as hormones or immunological factors that may act on a fetus. What scientists call “the fraternal birth order effect,” the fact that each successive boy born to the same mother has a greater chance of being gay, may be due to an increasing immunological response by a mother’s body to each male fetus in her womb.
Ouch. I don’t like to think of my life in the womb, and I certainly don’t like to think of the increased immunological response of my mother while I was in the womb.
But what is all this really about?
It is believed that, if science can confirm a “gay” gene and that “gay” is not a choice, opinions of homosexuality will change. The homosexual will no longer be regarded as someone who made a choice to be beaten up regularly, picked on, socially ostracized and otherwise considered a second rate citizen; instead, the homosexual will be a genetic mutation – an “X-Man” (and we all know how equally they were treated).
But should it make a difference? Whether one chooses to be “gay” or is born “gay”, the fact is they are “gay”.
In the United States, the law does not discriminate against Catholic or Protestant, Pentecostal or Baptist, etc. (I note that the law can and often does discriminate against religions that are not “God” based such as Wicca and Druid but such is irrelevant to this posting.)
It is incontrovertible that religion is a choice. Should we deny the rights of Americans who choose to be Baptist instead of Pentecostal or Jewish instead of Catholic? The answer is no, just like we should not discriminate against a person for their “choice” of heterosexuality or homosexuality.