Could homosexuality be inherited from dad to son?

  • Leon

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    Mar 30, 2011 3:03 PM GMT
    This is is true story happened in the real life of China told by one of my friends:

    the son asked his dad at the dining table, "it is said that u're gay, is it ture?" the mum looked at her husband without saying anything. in fact, when she heard her husband's ture sexuality not long before, her heart was broken and couldn't hold back her tears at once.

    the dad answered frankly to his son, "Yep, i'm gay." then the son continued to ask: "if u're actually gay, and don't love my mum at all, why did u still married her?"

    when the dinner was over, there were just the dad and the son in the room. the dad said, "when i was as young as u, i had a boyfriend whom i loved deeply. but ur grandmother just forced me to get married to a girl. so i had to give up my beloved boyfriend sadly. if everything could begin once again, i would rather persist in this same-sex love, and chose to be with him forever, till we all become old."

    then the son said, "dad, i do understand u. u know, i have a boyfriend now, we have been togother for more than one year. i wanna be with him forever."

    the dad was totally shocked, just at that moment did he realized that he was "trapped" by his own son. "boyfriend, ur boyfriend? could this (homosexuality) be inherited?!
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    Mar 30, 2011 3:28 PM GMT
    More often than not, from what I've read, homosexuality seems to run more on the maternal side of a given family, rather than the paternal. But, the human body and brain is a complicated animal so a paternal inheritance is possible.
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    Mar 30, 2011 3:29 PM GMT
    my dads gay...
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    Mar 30, 2011 3:34 PM GMT
    Sexuality isn't genetic.
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    Mar 30, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    Leon saidcould this (homosexuality) be inherited?!

    This topic is still being researched. Evidence seems to point to a maternal genetic or in-utero influence, more than paternal.

    At the same time, I can imagine that gay men might be attracted to women who are more likely to carry that homosexual (gay) gene, and marry them under family pressure as you did. This is a surprisingly poorly researched & underfunded area, partly because of political & religious interests & influences.

    Incidentally, I have strong suspicions my mother's maternal uncle was gay, and that her brother, my uncle, was also gay. And both my wife & I speculated whether our youngest son was gay, when he was only 5 years old. He's now a college Art Major, as well as being a musician. So I do not know. But there also seems to be some evidence that homosexuality runs in families.
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    Mar 30, 2011 4:00 PM GMT
    I've been saying for years (and have several posts on this and other forums) that homosexuality is hereditary. I also believe scientists and researchers have already proved this, but won't release the information because of the uproar it would cause.
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    Mar 30, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
    I don't have a hard time believing that a genetic deviance is responsible for sexuality, but I don't think I'd go the inherited route...............Keithicon_wink.gif
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    Mar 30, 2011 4:41 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI've been saying for years (and have several posts on this and other forums) that homosexuality is hereditary. I also believe scientists and researchers have already proved this, but won't release the information because of the uproar it would cause.


    Meh. Getting the funding to do any homosexuality-related research is like trying to nail jello to a tree trunk. It's hard to put a proposal in without some grant reviewer calling out a conflict of interest.
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    Mar 30, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    mnboy saidSexuality isn't genetic.


    I disagree. I think it is completely possible for sexuality to be hereditary.
    When I was a carpenter I was working on the house of a geneticist. She saw right through the tool belt and pulled me aside, gave me pamphlets on "secular humanism" and a bit of info. She told me that they were able to make mice act gay after altering their genes, it kind of made me smile.

    Your story was interesting, thanks for sharing.
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    Mar 30, 2011 5:31 PM GMT
    MnKid84 said
    mnboy saidSexuality isn't genetic.


    I disagree. I think it is completely possible for sexuality to be hereditary.
    When I was a carpenter I was working on the house of a geneticist. She saw right through the tool belt and pulled me aside, gave me pamphlets on "secular humanism" and a bit of info. She told me that they were able to make mice act gay after altering their genes, it kind of made me smile.

    Your story was interesting, thanks for sharing.


    I read about that study. It was really interesting. The published paper in Nature is linked below:

    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature09822.html

    Basically, they bred male mice ("knockout mice") to lack a gene that codes for an enzyme that is necessary for the body to make serotonin. The knockout mice now displayed mating behavior towards other male mice as compared to the wild type ("normal") control mice who only displayed mating behavior to female mice.

    When presented with the option of male and female mates, the knockout mice had no preference for either sex, displaying mating behavior equally to both. But when presented with either just a male or just a female mate, the knockout mice were more likely to initiate mating behavior with another male mouse than with a female mouse.

    Now, mouse mating and human mating work differently, but it can offer insight into future studies. Sexuality may not be cut and dry genetic, but I think that sexuality can be influenced by genetics.

    As for whether or not homosexuality is "inherited" through the Y chromosome, I'm not aware of any evidence for that. But interestingly enough, the only other gay relative I know of in my family is my aunt on my dad's side. icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 30, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
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    MnKid84 said
    mnboy saidSexuality isn't genetic.


    I disagree. I think it is completely possible for sexuality to be hereditary.
    When I was a carpenter I was working on the house of a geneticist. She saw right through the tool belt and pulled me aside, gave me pamphlets on "secular humanism" and a bit of info. She told me that they were able to make mice act gay after altering their genes, it kind of made me smile.

    Your story was interesting, thanks for sharing.


    I read about that study. It was really interesting. The published paper in Nature is linked below:

    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature09822.html

    Basically, they bred male mice ("knockout mice") to lack a gene that codes for an enzyme that is necessary for the body to make serotonin. The knockout mice now displayed mating behavior towards other male mice as compared to the wild type ("normal") control mice who only displayed mating behavior to female mice.

    When presented with the option of male and female mates, the knockout mice had no preference for either sex, displaying mating behavior equally to both. But when presented with either just a male or just a female mate, the knockout mice were more likely to initiate mating behavior with another male mouse than with a female mouse.

    Now, mouse mating and human mating work differently, but it can offer insight into future studies. Sexuality may not be cut and dry genetic, but I think that sexuality can be influenced by genetics.

    As for whether or not homosexuality is "inherited" through the Y chromosome, I'm not aware of any evidence for that. But interestingly enough, the only other gay relative I know of in my family is my aunt on my dad's side. icon_eek.gif


    It scares me though, to think that this could just be a chemical imbalance that could one day be "cured". I don't want to be cured.

    "What are the pills for?.."

    "Oh.. I was gay.. but I'm better now."

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    Mar 30, 2011 6:25 PM GMT
    MnKid84 said

    I scares me though, to think that this could just be a chemical imbalance that could one day be "cured". I don't want to be cured.

    "What are the pills for?.."

    "Oh.. I was gay.. but I'm better now."



    Meh, I would worry about it. Chances are, the treatment/meds would be too expensive for most people to afford anyway. icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 30, 2011 11:02 PM GMT
    wildtype87 said
    MnKid84 said

    I scares me though, to think that this could just be a chemical imbalance that could one day be "cured". I don't want to be cured.

    "What are the pills for?.."

    "Oh.. I was gay.. but I'm better now."



    Meh, I would worry about it. Chances are, the treatment/meds would be too expensive for most people to afford anyway. icon_lol.gif


    Isn't that the truth.
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    Mar 30, 2011 11:09 PM GMT
    mnboy saidSexuality isn't genetic.

    Oh yes it is.