Is being LGBT innate or a choice?

Since lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have been coming out of the closet they have claimed they are born that way and those who oppose their lifestyle say it is a choice. This debate is unresolved at present.

A recent study has been released addressing this debate. The report is titled, “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences.” There were four findings that contradicted popular opinions on this issue.

First, “The belief that sexual orientation is an innate, biologically fixed human property – that people are ‘born that way’ – is not supported by scientific evidence.”

Second, “Likewise, the belief that gender identity is an innate, fixed human property independent of biological sex – so that a person might be a ‘man trapped in a woman’s body’ or a ‘woman trapped in a man’s body’ – is not supported by scientific evidence.”

Third, “Only a minority of children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood. There is no evidence that all such children should be encouraged to become transgender, much less subjected to hormone treatments or surgery.”

Fourth, “Non-heterosexual and transgender people have higher rates of mental health problems (anxiety, depression, suicide), as well as behavioral and social problems (substance abuse, intimate partner violence), than the general population. Discrimination alone does not account for the entire disparity.”

As you can imagine the study is seen differently depending on who is writing about it.

Conservative writer Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., points to the fact that this is a “143-page report” that “discusses over 200 peer-reviewed studies in the biological, psychological, and social sciences, painstakingly documenting what scientific research shows and does not show about sexuality and gender.”

LGBT activist and writer Robbie Medwed describes the study as being produced by an “anti-LGBT think tank” and questions the objectivity of those who conducted the study.

I am an avowed Biblicist, I believe the Scriptures are the very Word of God, inspired and preserved by Him, and are a reliable guide to how we should live our lives. When I read that in the beginning “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them,” Genesis 1:27, I believe that to be literally true and embrace all it infers logically about human sexuality and gender.

But this does not mean mine is a blind faith. While the LGBT community has attacked the objectivity of those who conducted the study claiming these researchers were biased, the LGBT community has yet to give an explanation why this study is scientifically unsound. Nor has the LGBT community ever produced a scintilla of scientific evidence to show genetic markers that affirm the claim they are genetically predisposed to their lifestyle choices and are subsequently inborn.

Human sexuality and gender is clearly seen in both our genes and jeans. It is spiritually dangerous to disagree with the Scriptures, and just plain foolish to oppose what is empirically obvious.


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