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Title Houston Voice, No. 844, December 27, 1996
Publisher Window Media
Date December 27, 1996
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript Why Conservatives Should Embrace The Gay Gene By CHANDLER BURR The Weekly Standard I recently wrote a book on the biological search for the origins of homosexuality. In its final chapter. I described some rather amazing work being done at two biotech companies: The first is trying to manufacture a computer chip out of human DNA to tell you exactly what genes you have, while the second is creating artificial viruses that can send new genetic material into your cells. The chapter is titled "How Genetic Surgery Can Change Homosexuality to Heterosexuality," and the other week I received the following letter about it from a 38-year- old lawyer. "Do you know of any research institutions that are currently studying the possibility of converting homosexual men to heterosexuality?" the lawyer asked. "I would be very interested in making such a change. I am gay, and for personal reasons would like not to be. My thoughts on this don't come from a religious perspective, and I don't believe homosexuality is some thing to be ashamed of. I have gay friends, and I have been out to my family for 18 years. I'm happy in many aspects of my life, but for a variety of reasons homosexuality is not for me. ... I never entertained the hope of changing since everything 1 have read about changing through traditional psychotherapy suggests the chances are slim to none. I've always experienced my homosexuality as immutable—something deeply a pan of me. But your book was the first thing I've read which gave me hope. ... "1 would travel just about anywhere and would volunteer for 'guinea pig' status, assuming a sane level of risk If you don't know of anyone currently doing research. how might I best keep myself informed of continuing developments? Frankly. 1 would like to be the first on line the minute some form of treatment becomes available " Rapid advances in genetic research and biotechnology may well make it possible to take what the lawyer describes as "immuta ble" and change it. If these two biotech companies are successful, the lawyer might find himself in a doctor's office within a decade or iwo. The doctor will have a syringe loaded with millions of engineered viruses. He will inject them into the lawyer's blood stream and send him home. And one morning, maybe six months later, the lawyer will wake up—and his internal orientation, his instinctive romantic and sexual attraction, will be heterosexual. What makes this scenario possible is the discovery that sexual orientation is a biological trait, produced by a "gay gene." Conservatives who dislike homosexuality have always hated the concept of a gay gene and argued against it. But this is because conservatives do not understand what its existence really implies: The gay gene is a remarkable vindication of conservative ideas about human nature and may offer one of the most devastating refutations of liberalism we have yet seen. Right now. most conservatives are unaware of this, as they are also unaware of the clinical research—all but universally accepted among biologists—showing lhat homosexuality is a biological trait. Conservatives need both to face this research and to understand how it works for them. Ever since homosexuality became an issue in the United States 30 years ago or so. there have been three competing positions on it. POSITION 1: Homosexuality is a chosen "lifestyle," like vegetarianism POSITION 2: Homosexuality is a disease, like schizophrenia. POSITION 3: Homosexuality is like left handedness, and is neither chosen nor pathological Secular conservatives tend to accept Position I and/or Position 2, which means that every new piece of lab research on the gay gene sets their teeth on edge. But say thai science had concluded Position 3 was a matter of fact. There is no question lhat conservatives would suffer a short-term loss; it is always painful when you have committed yourself to a belief that is literally proved untrue, and enemies of conservatism would play "gotcha" for a while. But what the Right fails to comprehend is that a conservatism unremittingly hostile to homosexuality and truly committed to the resurgence of conservative thought with real impact on public policy can, and should, embrace the gay gene, which will bring conservatives two long-term gains. First, the short-term loss. For every irait they study, clinicians and biologists routinely assemble a "trait profile," the sum total of all the data they have gathered clinically (from observation) about a trait. Here is a brief summary of one trait profile: The trait shows up in the population as two "orientations." Ninety-two percent of the population has the majority orientation. Eight percent has the minority orientation. The trait is non—pathological and unchosen. and the minority orientation runs in families with what geneticists call a "maternal effect" (meaning the gene is probably on the X chromosome, which men always get from their mothers). It is heritable, as demonstrated by the fact that identical twins, who are natural clones, are far more likely to share the minority orientation than siblings who are not twins. Neither orientaiion correlates with social environment, family structure, religion, or culture Role models, two- parent families, divorce, and other environmental influences can't "make you" have the minority orientation. Through social or religious pressure you can force someone to alter the "behavior," that is, the external expression of this trait. But you cannoi alter the internal orientation— the trait itself The trait I have just described is ... handedness. Right-handedness is the majority orientation, left handedness, the minority. Bul the trait profile of handedness is astonishingly similar to the trait profile that geneiicists are assembling of human sexual orientation. Heterosexuality, the majority orientation, accounts for roughly 95 percent of us, while homosexuality, the minority orientation, accounts for 5 percent. (The "10 percent gay" figure has always been a statistical concoction of the gay-rights movement.) Clinical research shows that homosexuality is clearly heritable, like left handedness, and neither correlates with any environmental factors. And the sexual orientation, like the handedness, of adopted children bears no relationship to that of adoptive parents (which means environment is not a factor). Both show a "maternal effect" pointing towards the X chromosome. A much—discussed study done in 1993 by a team of geneticists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found a spot on, sure enough, the X chromosome that they believe contains a gay gene. The NIH team is now in the process of pinpointing the gene itself, which has already been registered by the name GAY— 1, * What does this mean for conservatives? Here is the first long-term gain. One neuroan- atomist I spoke with—a straight, pro- choice New York City liberal who favors total political acceptance of homosexuality—growled, "While (conservatives) can't win the disease argument, and they can't win the choice argument, admitting that (homosexuality is) biological and unchosen is their trump card. It means they've won on an argument that is still only on the horizon today: changing it. Their people can immediately adopt a strategy of, 'Okay, let's fix it, let's eliminate it.'" How this could be done is easily described. After pinpointing the gene, the next step is to find out what the protein it codes for actually does. And the biotech industry is already developing a method that would allow doctors to insert a different version of that gene—what geneticists are now referring to as STRAIGHT-1—into human beings. (Continued on page 20) CEIiBRATI! 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