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The demise of the “gay gene” is good for LGBT+ people

Photo by Levi Saunders on Unsplash

For 26 years, the “gay gene” has been a mainstay in the repertoir of both LGBT+ activists and the general public in their efforts to explain the existence of non-heterosexual people. Since a study published in 1993 identified a particular region of the human genome as a determining factor in sexuality, the refrain that “it’s genetic” has ingrained itself in the way we talk about gay people.

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Rebecca Jane Morgan

Rebecca Jane Morgan

Historian of modern Britain, popular culture, and queer identities. PhD student, trans activist, and Quaker from South Wales. She/her pronouns.