By Mark Ellis
At this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, Lady Gaga avoided major political controversies, but also made a powerful cultural statement by singing her megahit “Born This Way,” which implies that homosexuality is genetically fixed at birth and can not be changed.
However, at least eight major studies of identical twins in Australia, the U.S., and Scandinavia during the last several decades all arrive at the same conclusion: gays were not born that way.
“At best genetics is a minor factor,” says Dr. Neil Whitehead, PhD. Whitehead has worked for the New Zealand government as a scientific researcher for 24 years, as well as the U.N. and International Atomic Energy Agency. His PhD is in biochemistry and statistics.
Identical twins have the same genes or DNA. They are nurtured in equal prenatal conditions. If homosexuality is caused by genetics or prenatal conditions and one twin is gay, the co-twin should also be gay.
Because they have identical DNA, if Lady Gaga is correct, the incidence ought to be 100%, according to Dr. Whitehead. But the studies reveal something else. “If an identical twin has same-sex attraction the chances the co-twin has it are only about 11% for men and 14% for women.”
Because identical twins are always genetically identical, homosexuality cannot be genetically dictated. “No-one is born gay,” he notes. “The predominant things that create homosexuality in one identical twin and not in the other have to be post-birth factors.”
That didn’t stop Lady Gaga – dressed in a silvery bodysuit – from belting out her potent lyrical message: “No matter gay, straight, or bi/Lesbian, transgendered life/I’m on the right track baby/I was born to survive.”
It is most likely the first time the word “transgendered” had been included in a Super Bowl halftime performance.