On A Future Saliva DNA Test For One’s Sexual Orientation

One wonders, in the near future, will employees, clergy, teachers, and politicians catering to conservative Christians undergo genetic testing to prove that they don’t possess “gay genes”? Dystopianism via the Advocate:

As testing organizations, particularly 23andMe, the largest and most popular DNA analysis service, grow their databases, consumers are learning many more things about their lives, including — soon — if there’s a genetic root to their sexual orientation.

23andMe initiated its sexual orientation project about six months ago, and researchers are hoping that tens of thousands of LGBT folks take the genetic test and fill out the accompanying survey — the information from which allows 23andMe to see patterns among, for example, gay men or transgender women. Several thousand people have participated in the survey so far, though few identify as transgender. As soon as the company has a big enough sample, it plans to make those results public, regardless of where they lead.

12 Comments on "On A Future Saliva DNA Test For One’s Sexual Orientation"

  1. Rex Vestri | Nov 29, 2012 at 10:08 am |

    Peter Griffin has experience with this…


  2. Jin The Ninja | Nov 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm |

    to shame any glbtq person who participates in this.

    • Matt Staggs | Nov 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm |

      The issue of whether one “chooses” to be gay or is born gay (I strongly believe in the latter, by the way) should be immaterial to anyone who truly believes in liberty and equality.

      • i always assumed it was a fuzzier issue than a black and white “innate” quality(attempted to be explained by genetics) or a conscious choice. All the important situations that that goes into the first 2 to 10 (or 20? or 30?) years of someone can make them mentally rigid (appearing to be innate) without some kind of genetic “marker” that they are looking for. Depending on your stance on free will, things can be innate without being genetic, or a “choice” without being a deliberate conscious decision.

        • Monkey See Monkey Do | Nov 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm |

          Well said. Consciousness development occurs very rapidly from conception to birth also. All those factors combined leave genetics as a minor influence on someone’s life choices. For me it doesn’t matter and shouldn’t matter if someone is gay because of genetics or choice. Personally I think its a choice to be gay or bi but perhaps genetics play a role for transsexual’s, it doesn’t really matter though and there is no real reason to believe strongly in either.

      • yeah who cares what you choose, its getting old this ignorance. If anything we need to find a gene for unusual and extreme prejudice so can treat it from birth.

      • TL Howard | Mar 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm |

        Yeah, hey, for sure…just screw science and finding out how things like the brain work, dude. Gawd, people who think like you are every bit the Creationists you complain about. You are scientifically illiterate, pure dumbskulls. You are a mouth breather, bud.

    • TL Howard | Dec 6, 2012 at 1:07 am |


  3. “One wonders, in the near future, will employees, clergy, teachers, and politicians catering to conservative Christians undergo genetic testing to prove that they don’t possess “gay genes”?”
    Not likely. That’s not how it works. There can’t be a “gay gene” in their worldview, Just like the Earth can’t be more than 10,000 years old. So if they can deny that people and dinosaurs lived in different geological ages a little tiny gene is nothing. So really in a way you misconstruing their position and its actually less bigoted than you might think. Its really about conversion.

  4. Have we, at last, located the “cootie” gene?

  5. TL Howard | Dec 6, 2012 at 1:06 am |

    They presented their results at a recent genomics conference: nothing, at least so far. Here are the results of the genome wide association study for sexual orientation: http://blog.23andme.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Drabant-Poster-v7.pdf

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