Homosexuality – A Scientific and Genetic View

I published two articles on this website that indirectly relate to homosexuality.  An article titled: ” More Terrorism – Anarchy Rules A Corrupt America ” was published on June 12, 2016.  The article was written in response to the tragic Orlando Nightclub terrorist attack.

On December 29, 2011, I published an article titled: ” Alan Turing, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Michele Bachman. ”  This article was related to the 2012 republican presidential primaries.  Readers who wish to read this article may simply type, Alan Turing, into the search box at the top of the homepage of this site and this article will appear after you click go. ( This article is highly recommended. )

I am presently registered as an independent voter because: 1) I believe that the republican crooks are as vile and reprehensible as the democrat crooks, and 2) As a former member of the republican party, I got tired of the gay bashing that used to be such a part of the republican party.  As a man who is only attracted to women, and as a man who has been married to the same woman for decades, I suppose that I meet the Christian Coalition’s definition of a Christian marriage.  But as a Christian, I have never been comfortable with the Christian Coalition’s bashing of gays and I am extremely uncomfortable with the Christian Coalition’s belief that you can ” pray the gay away ” and make homosexuals become heterosexuals.  Therefore, I have written this article about homosexuality with a focus on science and discoveries in the field of genetics.

Dr. D.F. Swaab of the graduate school of Neuroscience in Amsterdam dissected the brains of male-to-female transsexuals after death at the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research.  Dr. Swaab found that male transsexuals have a ” female like ” structure in their brains.

The hypothalamus is greatly in charge of sexual preference in humans.  Inside the hypothalamus is the stria terminalis which scientists often call the BST Nucleus.  The BST Nucleus is about the size of a grain of rice.  Most adult men have a BST Nucleus that is 50% larger than the same structure that is found in women.  Women have a small BST Nucleus and men have a much larger BST Nucleus.

A transsexual is a person who believes he or she was born with the wrong gender.  After dissecting eleven human brains after death, Dr. Swaab found that male-to-female transsexuals have BST Nuclei that are the size of a normal BST Nucleus in a woman.

In a different study, Dr. Simon LeVay, a neurobiologist at the Salk Institute in California studied another section of the hypothalamus that regulates ” male typical sexual behavior.”  This structure is only one millimeter in size ( very small ). This region has now been named, INAH3.  It turns out that the INAH3 region in heterosexual males is two to three times larger than in women.  In homosexual males, the INAH3 region is essentially the same size as it is in women.

LeVay’s work clearly indicates that straight ( heterosexual men ) have larger INAH3 regions and gay men have smaller INAH3 regions.  Also, LeVay found that there was a continuum of sizes of the INAH3 region.  Hence, in the middle ranges, there was no way to tell if the brain was oriented toward straight or gay behavior.  Additionally, the levels of male hormone and of female hormones do not effect brain functions in these areas.

R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s Note: Having read more than 400 books written by the great Isaac Asimov, I try to imitate the clear writing style demonstrated by Dr. Asimov.  While I would not compare my intelligence to the great  Dr. Asimov, I believe that Asimov’s greatness resided in his unique ability to make complex scientific concepts understandable to the average person.  I hope that I have some of the same abilities, as Asimov, to make science more understandable to average people. )

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