John Hopkins Refutes Myth that Homosexuals Are ‘Born this Way.’


Scholars at the esteemed Johns Hopkins University studied the origins of homosexuality and found there is insufficient evidence to say gay, lesbian, or transgender people are born this way (sexual orientation or gender identity).

They believe Homosexuality is caused by a variety of factors, including childhood sexual molestation and social pressures.

Many Americans believe people are born gay or transgender and others believe individuals choose that type of lifestyle. It’s a hot topic and people on the left, especially LGBTs, follow the dictum that gays and transgenders are born that way.


The two scholars, Lawrence Mayer, and Paul McHugh examined whether homosexuality is an inherited trait, and concluded that people are not simply “born that way.”

They also looked at the causes of the poor mental health associated with gay and transgender people, concluding that social stress does not explain all of it.

The two scholars also studied transgenderism, concluding that it is not innate and that transgender “treatments” are associated with negative outcomes.


“Studies of the brains of homosexuals and heterosexuals have found some differences, but have not demonstrated that these differences are inborn rather than the result of environmental factors that influenced both psychological and neurobiological traits,” the report reads. “One environmental factor that appears to be correlated with non-heterosexuality is childhood sexual abuse victimization, which may also contribute to the higher rates.”


There is evidence genderism is fluid and people change as people grow.

“There are probably some people that identify as heterosexual that then, later on, identify as homosexual, so it goes both ways. The importance here is the fluidity and flexibility that these things change in time,”, Mayer told The Christian Post.

The three-part, 143-page report, which appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of The New Atlantis, also challenges the idea that discrimination and social stigma are the only reasons gays and transgenders suffer higher rates of mental health problems an suicides.

The co-author, Paul McHugh, is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins.

This is Gay Pride month and there are parades, flags waving, monuments, but if people do choose this as a lifestyle and are not born this way, what does it mean for the movement?

We have no idea if this study is accurate or not, but it makes for an interesting discussion.

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Martha A. Shields
Martha A. Shields
1 year ago

I have one sibling- a brother. He happens to be “gay”. He is older by 3 years. My father drank alcohol and treated him brutally (just like my grandfather treated him). While my father was getting loaded, my mother used my brother for emotional support. As we grew older,it was my brother helping my mother bake Christmas cookies. The two of them had their triangulations. My father and I were left out As far as I’m concerned it’s about imprinting or lack thereof as well as other things mentioned. Homosexuality is the search for what was never provided by the same sex parent or figure in the narrow window of early formation. No one can convince me otherwise.

Tugger Benson
Tugger Benson
3 years ago

This article is a little misleading. The study says that they can’t say whether ANY sexual orientation is present at birth (genetic). That things like sexual orientation and formation of desire are near impossible to ascribe an origin. Essentially, it’s just clarifying that “we are born this way” is not supported by science. NOT because they found evidence to the contrary, but that there is no proof on which to base such a claim. According to the study, no sexual orientation (including heterosexuality) can claim they are “born this way.”

3 years ago

Can we commit a little logic here?

“Insufficient evidence” is NOT a “refutation” of the hypothesis (here gratuitously referred to as a “myth”) that homosexuality has genetic origins.

No matter what the “scholars” believe, their belief is “evidence” of nothing. Ditto with those here who make naked assertions and treat them as fact. (including “Staff”)

That said, I think evidence is entirely lacking that transgenderism and fluid sexuality are anything less than mental and/or emotional disturbances suffered by unhappy people.

Why? Because homosexuality has been a phenomenon of human life since…forever. What’s more, history is replete with extremely talented gays, mostly males. Being gay also includes a constellation of unusual intellectual aptitudes and talents. (How many dull homosexuals have you ever encountered?)

The other stuff is brand new. I’d wager that it’s sprung up due to Facebook and social media, and the need for some poorly-adjusted souls to gain attention, any way they can.

But that’s just a hypothesis.

3 years ago
Reply to  effinayright

The entire report is based 100% on science and the scientific method. He is simply reporting that science cannot prove that homosexuality is genetic and that people are born with it. What this means is at this point science cannot prove the claim that homosexuality is genetic. Therefore to claim that it is is to do so without evidence. This is how science works.

3 years ago
Reply to  davidklecker

Well put!

3 years ago
Reply to  effinayright

“Why? Because homosexuality has been a phenomenon of human life since…forever. ”

So is murder. pedophilia, theft etc

“Being gay also includes a constellation of unusual intellectual aptitudes and talents.”

That’s obviously an exaggeration. Also includes a constellation of mental disorders, AIDS, suicide, violence, substance abuse etc.

“How many dull homosexuals have you ever encountered?”

How many dull schizophrenic people have you encountered?

3 years ago

I heard a man on the radio recently. He was supposedly a professor and one of the founders of the “Pride” movement. They were carefully trying to tie the Pride movement in with the other civil rights movements in the 1960s, making it sound as if they were three parts of a glorious trinity that was active in the 1960s (in fact, blacks were and are among the most violently homophobic people out there, and feminism could care less in the 1960s). When they finished with this piece of “creative history making”, the man stated flat out that the Pride movement was very much political, and radically left leaning. He called gays who fought for gay marriage “true Conservatives” who sold out and “tried to gain acceptance under the standard social norms”. He said “they don’t represent us” and suggested they had betrayed “real” gay people, who’s aim is to DESTROY traditional standards of sex, relationships, marriage, families. They want to replace marriage and monogamy, traditional 2-person relationships with “what we learned as outsiders”: they want to make open-relationships the new norm, to destroy the standard idea of the family unit, of two parents, etc.
I’m not making this up: I would have thought it was extremist propaganda if I heard it online. But I heard the guy speaking on NPR. THIS is what the Pride movement stands for, NOT for “seeing gays treated fairly”.
As such, I OUGHT to be able to oppose them, to stand against them, simply because I do NOT approve of them destroying and subverting our traditional cultural standards, and completing the destruction of the family unit. But of course to stand against Pride means you are “homphobic” and you “hate gay people”. The usual. Never mind that Pride is trying to drag the US into a leftist, disappated, brave new world and to destroy our traditional culture, if you oppose them you are a BIGOT.
The interesting thing was that he is RIGHT, and that gays who stand for marriage and traditional families ARE our allies in this. We may not like the idea of two daddies, but it’s better than “open relationships for all and kids raised by the community without fixed parents”.

3 years ago
Reply to  Steven

Sounds as if you would accept half-socialism because someone utters threats to destroy everything because of full-socialism.

3 years ago

“This is Gay Pride month”

Gays get a whole month to celebrate (for what?), but our hero veterans’ holidays are only for ONE ,DAY. Something is wrong!

Peter Elfvin
Peter Elfvin
3 years ago
Reply to  Bev

Actually, gay pride parades run from February to November. ALL of them claim to celebrate the Stonewall raid and riots that ran from June 28 – jul 1 1968. So June has a reason for being pride month but the parades generally don’t have a reason to be when they are