Homo So It Wasn’t My Mother After All…
I have two older brothers. It now appears that they, and not my mother, made me gay. Thanks, Billy & Eddie!
Ten years ago researchers made the startling discovery that the more elder brothers a boy has, the greater chance he has of being homosexual. For each additional brother that precedes him, a boy’s likelihood of growing up gay increases by a third.
At the time it was speculated that this was because boys with elder brothers are psychologically affected by their family dynamics in a way that influences sexual orientation.
But new research published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows this is not the case.
The link between fraternal birth order (FBO) and being gay only exists when brothers have the same biological mother. Having older adopted or stepbrothers with a different mother made no difference to whether a boy turned out gay or straight. However, brothers sharing the same mother but raised in a separate family still exerted an influence.
We can add this new info to the growing mountain of evidence that homosexuality is an in-born trait, and not some sort of cocksucking temper tantrum. It won’t satisfy the religous bigots, of course, but it will hopefully give pause to fundies who have large families. The more boys “God gives you,” the likelier it becomes that God is gonna give you a gay boy.