Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: ‘There Is No Gay Gene’

Nov 2008
Washington state

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: ‘There Is No Gay Gene’

By Michael W. Chapman | July 21, 2016 | 12:11 PM EDT

Dr. Paul R. McHugh.
(Johns Hopkins University)
Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and former psychiatrist–in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, who has studied sexuality for 40 years, said it is a scientific fact that “there is no gay gene.”
“Environment,” however, “is very important,” said Dr. McHugh, author of The Mind Has Mountains: Reflections on Society and Psychiatry. He also explained that the permissive sexual culture in the United States today has confused “desire” with “love,” and that homosexuality is a false or “erroneous desire.”
In an interview with Virtue Online: The Voice for Global Orthodox Anglicanism, reporter Lydia Evans asked Dr. McHugh, “How do you view the popular assumption that science has somehow proven that sexual orientation is determined early in childhood, if not before birth?”
Dr. McHugh, who ended the sexual reassignment surgery program at Johns Hopkins because it was not helping the patients, answered, “Well, as I have said, there is no gay gene. And there are factors more influential than biology.”
“The best data, of course, [comes from the Framingham Study],” said Dr. McHugh. “If you are a man and you grow up in a rural environment, you are four times less likely to have homosexual relationships than if you grow up in a metropolitan area. That's not left-handedness.”
“If you are a lesbian, you are much more likely to be college-educated,” he said. “That's not something that happens at conception.”

“My point is that we now know that the environment is very important,” said Dr. McHugh.
Lydia Evans then asked, “On another front, as the sexuality debate within mainline churches seems to have shifted so profoundly in favor of the left, how do you see the debates of the broader culture changing in the next five to ten years?”

Dr. McHugh said, “It really is amazing -- I mean, 50 years ago [homosexual behavior] was a crime, and now we're talking about [same-sex marriage]. Anyone who wants to stick with the tradition is accused of being a biblical literalist or a homophobic racist, because, in part, of the more fundamental change in our society towards permissiveness, that is, easy divorce, cohabitation and concubinage, abortion, pornography ... and euthanasia.”
“The issue of the homosexual is not separate,” he said. “It's all part and parcel of the pandemonium that the permissive movement has brought. We have just licensed all kinds of behavior."
When asked about earlier generations being pressured to marry and have families, Dr. McHugh said these were societal expectations and they were positive.
“Yes, and they were good ones,” he said, “and biblically based, and part and parcel of my commitment to really what amounts to loving relationships.”
“You see, what has happened with the permissive movement is that it has picked up the Freudian confusion of desire and love, making them the same,” said Dr. McHugh. “And with the implication, for example, that I must desire my mother. I don't desire my mother. I love my mother.” Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: ?There Is No Gay Gene?
So the science is settled, there is no Gay Gene and Desire equals love according to this John Hopkins psychiatrist. A person is 4 times less likely to be Gay in rural areas. I have been saying Societal influence is the cause all along and this confirms it. This is based on facts and research.

Jul 2014
Border Fence
There has never been any scientific declaration that there is a gay-gene.

What has been discussed among scientists and social science clinicians, for the past 50 years is ...What are the determining factors in a person being Homosexual.

NEWS FLASH: There is no evidence of a 'Straight' gene either.
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Jun 2013
So the science is settled....]
Maybe they don't teach the Scientific Method in Bobby Jindal-run schools in Louisiana (obvious given they try to teach "creation science"), but....

ONE GUY saying something isn't "the science is settled."

BTW, always curious what did Dick and Lynn Cheney "do" to their daughter Mary to "turn her into a lesbian"?
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Jun 2011
In a better place than u
He's a psychiatrist. Better ask an expert.
I'm certain all gay people choose to be hated societal pariahs who get bullied, harrassed, and attacked daily their whole lives because they want that. Acceptance and comeraderie are so over-rated.
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Jul 2007
So. Md.
Research is finding that hormones produced during fetal development can be a determinant in gender identification. So it doesn't matter if there is a gay gene or not.
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Feb 2010
Sunny Bournemouth, Dorset
Epigenetics. It's about gene expression, not the genes themselves but which genes or parts of gene are turned on or off, and what the result is.
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Jun 2013
So, aboutenough, if ONE guy "settles the science"....

then you believe that neuroscientist who says Trump is dangerously nuts.....right???

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