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A prominent psychiatrist and statistician have published a 144-page report that concludes gay and transgender individuals aren’t “born that way.”
After reviewing dozens of studies on sexuality and gender, Johns Hopkins psychiatry professor Paul McHugh and Arizona State University statistics professor Lawrence Mayer wrote, “Some of the most widely held views about sexual orientation, such as the ‘born that way’ hypothesis, simply are not supported by science.”
Their findings, published in the fall issue of the quarterly journal The New Atlantis, run counter to prevailing cultural views that sexual orientation is innate and gender isn’t determined by biological sex.
McHugh and Mayer wrote, “Examining research from the biological, psychological and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence,” a view many social conservatives have maintained all along.
The most that can be said is that “some biological factors appear, to an unknown extent, to predispose certain individuals to non-heterosexual orientation,” the researchers said.
McHugh and Mayer also found that LGBT individuals suffer from higher rates of mental illness, and individuals who undergo sex reassignment surgery commit suicide at 19 times the rate of other people.
They wrote that “these subpopulations show higher rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide compared to the general population.” While many have blamed this on social stress associated with “stigma, prejudice and discrimination,” the researchers wrote, “science has not shown that these factors alone account for the entirety, or even a majority,” of the disparity.
McHugh and Mayer said they were “deeply alarmed” about treatments and surgeries being recommended for young children deemed transgender.
They wrote that “despite the scientific uncertainty, drastic interventions are prescribed and delivered to patients identifying, or identified, as transgender. This is especially troubling when the patients receiving these interventions are children. … We strongly urge caution in this regard.”
The Obama administration has embraced transgenderism as a civil rights issue, ordering that all states allow transgender public school students to use the bathrooms of their choice.
Texas and other states balked at the Obama administration’s demands, even threatening to return federal funding in order to keep their school systems’ bathroom, locker room and segregated gender policies in place.
On Sunday, a judge granted a nationwide injunction to at least temporarily stop the administration’s directive to schools.
Mayer and McHugh understand their findings may spark a spirited debate but concluded that “there is a great chasm between much of the public discourse and what science has shown.”
They added, “Thoughtful scientific research and careful, circumspect interpretation of its results can advance our understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity.”
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Credits: Western Journalism