Good work. It seems the genetic predisposition of homsexuality is comparable to the predisposition to addictive behavioral tendencies:
For instance, certain ethnic groups appear to have a greater predisposition to alcoholism. This doesn't mean that being born Irish makes one an alcoholic, or excuses alcholism. The way many in AA put heredity and alcholism is like this: Dysfunctional upbringing (i.e., the environment) causes dysfuntional emotional states and poor copign skills, which in turn causes tendencies towards addictive behaviors. If a person has a genetic predisposition towards alcoholism and drinks heavily, that addictive tendency will be expressed through alcholism.
I've heard friends and associates discuss their upbringing, heard mandatory "sexual identity" discussions in college, and read numerous articles. Of dozens and dozens of people describing how they first realized they were homosexual, ALL involved sexual experiences which I would categorize as abusive and severely damaging if they were heterosexual. (example: A journalist wrote, "I discovered my true secuality through an experience that was at first horrifying, then liberating, which occurred in a public mens room when I was eight years old.")
I believe most homosexuality is a coping mechanism that is a response to severely dysfunctional situations. The normalization of homosexuality probably only lowers the threshold of adopting homosexual tendencies as a response.
26: I agree. Well stated.