June is the official month for the LGBTQ community, which is affectionally called “Pride Month.”
This past Monday, officials at one of the most respected universities in the country, John Hopkins University, released a report that argues how there is no sufficient evidence suggesting gay, lesbian, or transgender people are born this way (sexual orientation or gender identity).
Many Americans believe people are “born gay” and that there is an organic basis for homosexuality, while most believe the other choice, which is individuals choose that type of lifestyle over a period of time.
Americans have been “forced” to accept the homosexual lifestyle with bullying tactics by the media and Democratic Party. Instead of people living their lives the way they want, there are those who feel this subject has been shoved down their throats and if you disagree publicly, you are targeted, and most are taken to court to force adherence.
The idea there that sexual orientation is fluid, that people change as people grow,” Lawrence Mayer, a co-author of the report and a scholar-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University’s psychiatry department, as well as a professor of statistics and biostatistics at Arizona State University, told The Christian Post. “There are probably some people that identify as hetrosexual [sic] that then later on identified as homosexual, so it goes both ways. The importance there is the fluidity and flexibility that these things change in time.”
The three-part, 143-page report, which appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of The New Atlantis, also investigated other commonly accepted ideas about homosexuality and transgenderism. Mayer and his co-author Paul McHugh, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins, challenged the claim that discrimination and social stigma are the only reasons why homosexual and transgender people suffer higher rates of mental health problems and are more likely to commit suicide.
“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 explained. “One environmental factor that appears to be correlated with non-heterosexuality is child sexual abuse victimization, which may also contribute to the higher rates.” [PJ Media]
Well, there is a reason why John Hopkins, the first hospital in the US to perform sex reassignment surgery, stopped performing the surgery after ten years. They did follow-ups on their patients and found that the majority suffered from extreme depression, high rates of alcohol and drug abuse, and had much higher rates of suicide. They rightly concluded that the surgery did more harm than good.
Progressives care about winning and imposing their ideological vision on others rather than about the conceptual coherence or consistency of that ideological vision.
Consequently, progressive ideology is stitched together from a motley of incompatible, even contradictory, premises. To wit, LGBTQ’s are “born that way,” except that everything is a “social construct,” and there is no such thing as “natural determination” or “human nature.” Along the same lines, LGBTQ’s must be true to their “essential identity” and to “who they really are,” but “essence” is a myth, and all identities are “fluid” and subject to endless re-fashioning.
Such examples could, of course, be multiplied almost indefinitely: Women have universal and inviolable rights, but “universality” is a mask to conceal what is at bottom “Western hegemony.” Patriarchal oppression must be opposed, but Islamic subjection of women must be celebrated in the name of “multiculturalism.” On and on it goes.
In short, whatever evidence biological research may uncover the nature of human sexuality will not affect whatsoever on progressive opinion, unless such evidence happens to comport with the progressive meme-of-the-day.
The bottom line here is that Americans don’t care what you do in your bedroom. That’s your place of privacy, and it’s nobody’s business. Most Americans do not like to be preached to over accepting rules of how to live by, let alone being forced to take something that most feel they can’t support.