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Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby kenzie_matt » 2 October 2019, 07:24

Can't help but wonder: does being gay run in the family?

I'm quite sure that the whole "are we born gay" topic has been visited and discussed at length. But do you think that it runs in the family?

If I take my family, for example. I'm gay with a gay sibling. I know of two cousins from my dad side who are gay. On my mom's side, I know of one closet case and definitely suspect a few others of also being gay.

Anybody else have a similar situation/experience?
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby Eryx » 2 October 2019, 10:00

I think it's ubiquitous, so if it runs in the family, it runs in every family.

From my dad's side, he is the sixth child, one of my uncles is gay. So 1 out of 6. The son of another uncle (my cousin) is gay as well. That's all so far.
From my mom's side, my uncle is rumored to have been bi (he died in the 80s). The son of one of her cousins is also gay.

That's all for my family that we know of. Nowadays, however, I know more families with a gay relative than those with none. The conservative families will always proudly proclaim there's no homosexuality in their families, but we all know how that usually turns out.
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby kenzie_matt » 2 October 2019, 10:13

Thanks Eryx.

I just find it an interesting phenomenon. Part of it may be that society is changing so homosexuality is becoming more "public" etc. As you say though, conservative families.... denial is certainly a real thing. It's easier to not talk about that relative than admit that - gasp - somebody has sired a homo!
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby NvM » 2 October 2019, 13:27

isnt everyone is a genetic scientist. good for them.
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby Jryski » 2 October 2019, 17:44

^lolwut?
Anyways, gay isn't hereditary as far as I know. Based on the studies and research, the hypothesis is that everyone has the gay gene. Whether it gets activated or not is what makes someone gay or straight or whatever. Don't take my word for it though. It's just from stuff that I've read.
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby Eryx » 2 October 2019, 21:49

That's something I'd be more inclined to believe. Every single human family has a gay relative.
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 2 October 2019, 23:39

Jryski wrote:Anyways, gay isn't hereditary as far as I know.

Speak for yourself. My grandpappy was gay and his grandpappy before him and his grandpappy before him! Faggotry is a part of our heritage.
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 2 October 2019, 23:58

Do you people even know of google search? Bahahaha. Actually I find the subject interesting as well. Google search "genetics in lgbt" and read on. You will find plenty of material including articles in new papers, medical journals, published studies, etc.
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby Derek » 2 October 2019, 23:58

Pretty much every trait is genetic by definition, but it wouldn't make much sense for it to run in families since it is a hindrance to procreation. There are theories that the same genes which predispose individuals to homosexuality also predispose related women to "increased fecundity". If that's true, evolution would tend to strike a precise balance.

Whatever the case, the genetic causes of homosexuality are so subtle and so disperse that they don't indicate any sort of traceable lineage. Most likely they have been a part of humanity since long before the population spread across the globe.
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 3 October 2019, 00:03

What is Genetics? - Genetics is the study of heredity. Heredity is a biological process where a parent passes certain genes onto their children or offspring. Connect the dots.
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby Derek » 3 October 2019, 00:15

It's 5:15 in California. Are you already drunk?
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 3 October 2019, 00:26

Well it really doesn't matter the time of day for you to be closed-minded and then resort to insults when your argument no longer stands up.
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby Derek » 3 October 2019, 00:47

Are you suggesting the words you typed were in some way connected to my argument?
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 3 October 2019, 00:50

Do you get your blood pressure checked occasionally? If you don't it might be a really good idea for you to do so.

Do you have some kind of argument that pertains to the topic or you simply going to continue on with your rage against me? Not that it's not entertaining.

All those studies saying genetics do indeed play a role, and your saying genetics do not play in "family"?
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby Derek » 3 October 2019, 00:59

mxguy wrote:Do you get your blood pressure checked occasionally? If you don't it might be a really good idea for you to do so.

Holy shit. If that was said to me in a room full of divorced 60-year-old vacuum salesmen, they'd be hollering and I'd never be able to show my face in public again.

All those studies saying genetics do indeed play a role, and your saying genetics do not play in "family"?

I'm curious about something. You've been alive for many years - in all that time, has it ever occurred to you that you have the language skills and reading comprehension of a goldfish? It seems like it would have come up over and over and over.
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 3 October 2019, 01:08

Oh my. I'm so offended and hurt by your words. I'll just run away. I think maybe it's time for your diaper change because you seem irritated at the moment.

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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby Yeauxleaux » 3 October 2019, 01:17

The "gay siblings" thing is common enough that yeah, I guess it does run in some families. Both me and my younger brother are gay, and I knew another family with 3 sons where all 3 were gay.

That said it's hardly consistent, there's just as many (if not more) families where there's only one gay person, so there's randomness to it as well.
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby kenzie_matt » 3 October 2019, 09:20

Well this thread certainly got interesting :) I'll have to read more to determine if this is usual banter between mx and Derek, or if they're frenemies....

My brother and I belonged to a sort of book club forum, for lack of a better term or description. As soon as people figured out we were brothers, the discussions and questions got very interesting.

At a stage I thought that maybe it was the universe's way of trying to ensure that our bloodline doesn't continue for too much longer.
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby Jryski » 3 October 2019, 16:57

Just looked it up, the latest research says that there is no gay gene.
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Re: Does homosexuality run in the family?

Unread postby mxguy01 » 3 October 2019, 18:57

Jryski wrote:Just looked it up, the latest research says that there is no gay gene.


You mean - https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... -behavior/

Which from that
Now, a new study claims to dispel the notion that a single gene or handful of genes make a person prone to same-sex behavior. The analysis, which examined the genomes of nearly half a million men and women, found that although genetics are certainly involved in who people choose to have sex with, there are no specific genetic predictors. Yet some researchers question whether the analysis, which looked at genes associated with sexual activity rather than attraction, can draw any real conclusions about sexual orientation.

“The message should remain the same that this is a complex behavior that genetics definitely plays a part in,” said study co-author Fah Sathirapongsasuti, a computational biologist at genetic testing company 23andMe in Mountain View, Calif., during a press conference. The handful of genetic studies conducted in the past few decades have looked at only a few hundred individuals at most—and almost exclusively men. Other studies have linked sexual orientation with environmental factors such as hormone exposure before birth and having older brothers.


See, unlike Derek's claim about reading comprehension I actually read the material and didn't decide to misrepresent it conclusions only to support my argument. You should continue reading because there is much more material than that single study.
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