We are all born a certain way. With a certain genetic code that decides what color hair we will have, will it be straight or curly, how tall will we be, how stout will we be. It tells us what color eyes we will have, hazel, green, brown or blue. Or in the case of my friend Tanja, one blue and one brown. Actually, Tanja has one blue eye and her other eye is half brown and half blue. It is impossible NOT to look her in the eyes. Our DNA decides if we will be born with all of our body parts and brains fully functioning, or if we are missing a chromosome, or piece of DNA it decides if we will have Down's Syndrome, or autism, or any number of other myriad of genetic birth defects.
That being said, what about gender and sex? Of course we know our gender and sex are determined by our DNA. But what about sexual orientation?
Many people will say that people CHOOSE to be gay or straight. Many say they are born gay or straight. I am not a scholar and I have not done enough research to determine if the scientific data supports either theory. All I can tell you is what people have told me.
I wrote last week about how I was on a panel of LGBT people for a class at church. Our church teaches sexuality classes using a curriculum called Our Whole Lives. It is a wonderful curriculum that is age appropriate and divided into age groups such as 4-5 grade, 7-9 grade, 10-12 grade as well as adult classes. We are currently teaching a 7-9 grade class, and there is a session that is a guest panel of LGBT people. This session is the final session of the group of sessions discussing sexual orientation, gender, and stereotypes. I invited a young man
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