If you all you know about gender and sexuality comes from reading headlines, it’s an open and shut case. “‘Gay genes’: science is on the right track, we’re born this way. Let’s deal with it.”“Science Just Proved That Being Transgender Is Not a Phase”. “The DNA test ‘that reveals if you’re gay’” “Check the science: being trans is not a ‘choice’”. “Transgender Identity Is Not a Mental Health Disorder, Study Finds.” “Born This Way? Scientists may have found a biological basis for homosexuality.”
So the nature of homosexuality and transsexualism is settled, incontrovertible, and beyond dispute? Yes, but only in newspapers, not in academia.
A landmark survey of decades of research by two eminent scholars working in the United States claims that many of these assertions are simply not supported by the weight of evidence in scholarly journals. The report was released today by The New Atlantis, a well-known journal of science, technology, and ethics based in Washington DC. The editors have organised what is probably the best single summary of the scientific evidence on LGBT issues published to date. (Click here for a PDF.) […]