The connection between homosexuality and adoption

18 Mar

It is human nature to want to explore and understand variance in all we see and experience. When it comes to issues such as homosexuality the past century was no different. In fact there were so many studies and so few answers as to what the root and major contributing factors concerning what goes into making a person gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT)that the studies and debate rage on even today.

The arguments concerning nature or nurture have been the most common. The late Dr, John Money of Johns Hopkins was adamant in his assessment that sexual and gender roles were a cause of nurture he conducted some very ethically questionable studies to attempt to prove his point as can be seen in the case of John Colapinto. His adversary in this debate was Dr. Milton Diamond who took the stance of nature winning out, believing humans are predisposed to the roles they inhabit. After forty plus years of study Dr. Diamond seems to have won the argument, but not everyone is so sure.

Many people are still ardent believers that nurture, the manner in which a person is raised and the things they are exposed to is what pushes a person to assuming certain sexual preference and gender roles. There are proponents of the theories which try to link everything from overly protective and loving mothers, to abuse in the home, and even adoption. While it may seem silly to some, there actually have been studies concerning whether more people who are adopted are gay than those raised by their biological parents.

So far there has been no evidence to point towards a larger portion of adoptees being members of the LGBT community than would be expected withing biological families. Although their is an increase of about 1.7% which is well within the studies three point margin of error this is hardly considered significant. It is in fact believed that as adoption is an expensive and intensive process which lends itself to being predisposed to people with higher education and earning levels that adoptees whom are LGBT are more likely to come out young and live openly, giving a slightly skewed result which creates the false appearance of a higher incidence of homosexuality or gender variance among adoptees.

The generally accepted statistics regarding LGBT persons puts the worldwide percentage at about twelve percent. The number of adoptees within this group over the age of eighteen in 2001 that acknowledged being LGBT was within this range. It however must be noted that there are also studies claiming less the three percent of the population is homosexual, and some that range to nearly twenty percent. Even in those which explored adoption as a possible contributing factor for said phenomena the percentages remained fairly static.

While there is no conclusive evidence to point to adoption being a contributing factor to making a person LGBT it was an interesting theory to research for me personally as a trans lesbian adoptee which I never even considered previously. In my personal life I can say to this point I’ve yet to notice an increased number of LGBT adoptees nor do I in any way believe being adopted had anything to do with my sexual preference or gender identity. What I do feel adoption did have to do with my LGBT experience however was that it placed me with a family that although initially disapproving took time to learn of my condition. In turn they educated me about it as soon as I was mature enough to understand such subject matter, and allowed me to live as I saw fit in a loving nurturing environment.

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