The Gay Gene : Exposed

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    Dec 11, 2007 12:40 PM GMT
    Scientist at UIC have discovered a gender blind gene in fruit flies which, given a pill, can toggle their sexuality between homosexual and heterosexual at will.

    The full article is here.

    http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/health/689002,CST-NWS-flies10.article

    If a pill for heterosexuality were created for humans, would you, at any point in your life, have taken the pill?

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    Dec 11, 2007 2:02 PM GMT
    I think they are able to make them bisexual, from an article I read. Regardless it is really interesting. I definitely would have taken a no gay pill earlier in life, and I'd still consider taking one today.
  • Alan95823

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    Dec 11, 2007 3:41 PM GMT
    If someone offered me a pill to change my sexuality tomorrow, I'd politely decline. I like who I am.
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    Dec 11, 2007 3:45 PM GMT
    fuck that, most straight guys i've encountered (who aren't dating my girl friends) are douche bags. boo to this idiotic pill!
  • BlackJock79

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    Dec 11, 2007 4:30 PM GMT
    I'd have to say... I'm not sure if I would take a pill like that if they invented it. I love men and I love my attraction to men but things would be so much easier if I were straight. Things would also be easier if I were out of the closet too... I don't know. Good thing I don't have to make that choice and can continue with my man love! icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 11, 2007 8:45 PM GMT
    I like who I am. It took me so long to get right with myself that I feel it would be a waste to take a pill and change everything.
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    Dec 11, 2007 8:56 PM GMT
    Yeah, I think I have to jump on the same bandwagon as some of the guys who have posted here already. I'm no fan of the idea of "taking pills in the hope of changing who you are or how you feel about yourself." I would decline. Took me too long to get to the point where I could love myself for who I am, and stop hating myself for what I was not. Sorry, but I would send the sample back.
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    Dec 11, 2007 9:05 PM GMT
    the only thing that would worry me about this pill, is if parents can give it to children, as it shouldn't be the parents coice. if this somehow comes to market, for it to be done responsibly it should be treated like someone going for a sex change. pyschiatrists should be involved to see if they can, not dissuade but make sure the person understands the entire process and truly can't live with themselves being gay.

    but i bet the church is lookin to sponsor the research.
  • irishboxers

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    Dec 11, 2007 9:15 PM GMT
    This is a very "X-Men" question, to which I have to agree with one of the characters:

    I don't need a "cure". There's nothing wrong with me.
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    Dec 11, 2007 9:26 PM GMT
    I don't see how this article has any broad applications to human behavior. Humans do not depend on olfactory sensations the way that lower primates do. We have other senses that are more developed.

    The study says that male fruit flies were unable to distinguish between genders due to a leaky neuronal synapse in effect (aka olfactory impulses were not being perceived correctly).

    Humans are quite capable of distinguishing between genders, whether homosexual or heterosexual. While this is an interesting finding, it's relation to human sexuality seems to be slim.

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    Dec 11, 2007 9:29 PM GMT
    when i was 15 and enduring death threats in the middle of a corn field bullshit town in bumfuque, georgia: yes i'd have taken it. now? no way. absolutely not.
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    Dec 11, 2007 9:33 PM GMT
    damn I thought this was a thread for th Ultimate pair of Calvin Kleins that any gay guy must have!
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    Dec 11, 2007 9:35 PM GMT
    Absolutely not. Maybe when I was 16 and praying to the Christian God to turn me straight because I didn't know any better than what my conservative upbringing told me. It's actually offensive to think about there being a pill to "cure" homosexuality. There is nothing wrong with us for loving our same gender. Nothing. Oh the shit storm a pill for humans would create.
  • Alan95823

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    Dec 11, 2007 9:37 PM GMT
    Even if the pill did work, and someone took it...

    Can you see going from happily out of the closet to coming out as a new hetero? I mean, after years of being gay, who'd believe you? What woman would trust you? What if the pill wore off after a few years?

    And I doubt that a pill, taken once, could ever make a life-long change. You'd probably have to take a pill a day or something to stay hetero. And if that was the case, I can just see a woman thinking "if it weren't for that pill, he'd leave me and go back to men". Talk about a blow to her self-esteem!
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    Dec 11, 2007 9:44 PM GMT
    Good call rhythm. There really is no way that this will be applicable to humans. There is no gay gene, I guarantee it.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Dec 11, 2007 9:48 PM GMT
    Ten years ago I would have taken anything. Today, no way. I didn't travel this long, lonely road to be told it was all for nothing.

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    Dec 12, 2007 1:48 AM GMT
    I created the topic but I didnt reply myself so...

    For the longest time, I didnt have a word for what I thought I was. Up until 10th grade, I just thought girls creeped me out and that I was just shy.

    Now that I understand myself more clearly, Id have to decline because, without my affection for men, I just wouldn't be the same person icon_neutral.gif


    I had to edit twice already! argh!icon_twisted.gif
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    Dec 12, 2007 2:34 AM GMT
    I'd love to pop one then the other a couple times just to weird people out lol
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    Dec 12, 2007 11:44 AM GMT
    I can't even imagine being straight or for that matter, wanting the limitations of being straight.
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    Dec 12, 2007 12:40 PM GMT
    When I was younger I might have. Many things might have been easier if I was not gay.

    But then, I also might not have many of the great things in my life that I do now. I am not sure things would be any better, or worse, just different.

    I like who I am.

    It took me a long time, and a lot of hard work to be comfortable with who I am.

    I can't image the mental shift that would be required to do that as an adult.

    rhythm1438 wrote: "Humans do not depend on olfactory sensations the way that lower primates do."

    Ever here of pheromones? I am not so sure ...
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    Dec 12, 2007 12:45 PM GMT
    No thanks, I'd catch hell from the boss, that is, my main man, husband and other half.icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 12, 2007 6:50 PM GMT

    NO WAY !! I'v suffered so much in my life to live as a free gay guy and I'm not gonna give up and turn into straight after all this .. it's such a waste .. I like myself the way who I am.
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    Dec 12, 2007 10:51 PM GMT
    No way!

    The underlying cause of the gay problem is the homophobia, not gay people themselves.

    Being gay....ah...I love it! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Drewboo

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    Dec 12, 2007 11:04 PM GMT
    I would not consider taking the pill. I believe that homosexuals exist for a purpose like everything else does, although I am not completely sure what the purpose is. Should we get a pill to change everyones skin color to the same or get a pill that will make everyone right handed? I think that the diversity in God's creation is what makes the world a beautiful place and that the world would not be functional without such diversity.

    FYI, Albert Mohler, the President of the Southern Baptist Theologial Seminary has called for members of his denomination to brace themselves for evidence that sexual orientation is genetically pre-determined before birth. He also announced that he would support a genetic manipulation procedure to be performed on fetuses that could change their sexual orientation to heterosexual. He additionally stated that even though homosexuality may be genetically determined, it is still a sin.

    Basically, the whole metaphor of X-Men 3 is something that is real and unfortunately may occur in our lifetimes. I will not take the pill.
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    Jan 09, 2008 3:55 AM GMT
    @Drewboo, wow that's really interesting!

    Anyways, I would NOT take the pill. I love myself just the way I am, and besides I don't think anything could make me like "down there" for chicks- much less a pill, lol......

    Ew, cooties- get iticon_rolleyes.gif

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