Gay chromosomes appear to be detectable and heritable, but what does it mean?
For several years, we have known that what is dubbed “gay chromosomes” are in fact detectable and heritable in men. For over 26 years, doctors have been studying on the X chromosome in men to see whether or not it could be linked to homosexuality and in 95’ a select link on the chromosome eight was found. It took nearly twenty years for the study to be confirmed, but it is true, if you’re gay it can and will show up in your DNA.
However, with today’s medical science moving at the speed of light, new research has found that separate links of one’s genes can indicate the sexual orientation in boys and men, this can even be detected from the womb. A doctor at The North Shore University in Illinois managed to find these unique links of genes by comparing DNA from approximately 2200 men, where less than half were in-fact gay.
Time for medical talk, chromosome 13 was pinpointed in this study and relates to the brain. The gene SLITRK6 was also pinpointed for having indicators of sexual orientation. But more importantly, the gene found on chromosome 14 titled TSHR appears to be highly involved in sexual orientation when researching whether or not a patient is gay or straight.
So what about lesbians? There is unfortunately little to no medical research on women and homosexuality, with men taking up most of researchers time. Studies take time, years or even decades to complete. Do we need the genetic information on whether or not we’re gay? No, we know if we’re gay. But understanding how you’re DNA and how your parents’ genes collided to create you, the way you are, is definitely worth understanding.

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