Homosexuality and Genetics

Homosexuality is the sexual behavior where a romantic relationship develops between members of the same sex. The project will explore the connection between same-sex sexual orientation and the genetic structure of the respective individuals. However, homosexuality is not determined by genes alone, but environmental factors also play a part in determining the sexual orientation of an individual. The paper will begin with an abstract that provides a summary of the paper. The introduction of the paper will define genetics and homosexuality and give a thesis statement. The body of the paper will include important arguments arranged in paragraphs structured to support the thesis statement. The principal arguments will be supported by evidence from various studies that have carefully examined the connection between genetics and homosexuality. The thesis statement for the paper will be “The genes that determine the sexual orientation of an individual have been linked to homosexuality.”

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The paper will utilize a study by Ngun, Tuck, and Eric (2015) which explores the role of epigenetics in determining human sexual orientation. A survey carried out by Rice, Friberg, and Gavrilets (2012) will be used to show the consequence of epigenomes on the sexual orientation of an individual. The presence of a homosexual gene marker is revealed by a study by O’Riordan in 2012. The project will incorporate a research by Haider-Markel and Josyln which explains that attraction to people of the same sex might be uncontrollable since it is hereditary. Also, a study by Mitchel and Dezarn (2014) offers genetic and environmental explanations to male sexual orientation, particularly for the gay people. The five studies will be used to provide evidence linking homosexuality to hereditary genes that determine the sexual orientation of an individual.


Works Cited

Joslyn, Mark R., and Donald P. Haider‐Markel. “Genetic attributions, immutability, and stereotypical judgments: An analysis of homosexuality.” Social Science Quarterly 97.2 (2016): 376-390.

Mitchell, Robert W., and Lana Dezarn. “Does knowing why someone is gay influence tolerance? Genetic, environmental, choice, and “reparative” explanations.” Sexuality & Culture 18.4 (2014): 994-1009.

Ngun, Tuck C., and Eric Vilain. “The biological basis of human sexual orientation: Is there a role for epigenetics.” Adv. Genet 86 (2014): 167-184.

Rice, William R., Urban Friberg, and Sergey Gavrilets. “Homosexuality as a consequence of epigenetically canalized sexual development.” The Quarterly review of biology 87.4 (2012): 343-368.

O’Riordan, Kate. “The life of the gay gene: From hypothetical genetic marker to social reality.” Journal of sex research 49.4 (2012): 362-368.