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Science Behind Homosexuality

Question:

Is there a science behind homosexuality? I know the general basis of the theory of epigenetics and desensitization to certain hormones while in the womb, but is there any solidity behind the science? If so, what?

 

Answer:

 

Hi!

Thank you for your interesting question. There is lots of research on LGBTQ identity from both the social sciences as well as the biological sciences. Have you thought about taking a class in human sexuality at your local community college? I think an interesting book for you to check out might be Evolution’s Rainbow: http://www.amazon.com/Evolutions-Rainbow-Diversity-Gender-Sexuality/dp/0520260120. Sexuality and gender identity are very fluid throughout human kind. Try checking out this spectrum to see some of the many possibilites that exist: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/spectrum. You can also try using Google Scholar to find more academic articles (there are tons!): http://scholar.google.com/

I would also encourage you to talk about your questions with someone that you trust – a friend, parent, relative, teacher or school counselor. You can also check TrevorSpace at http://www.trevorspace.org. This space is a safe, online social networking site for LGBTQ young people such as yourself ages 13 to 24 their friends and allies. This is a supportive community where you can connect with others who might have your same or similar questions.

Lastly for additional support you can always call Trevor Lifeline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 866.4.U.TREVOR. They are always there for you.

Thank you for your question and please feel free to reach with any more questions you may have.

The Trevor Team