Born gay …

Panelists disclaim their perspectives on same sex relationships. Photo by Michael Curtin

Panelists disclaim their perspectives on same sex relationships.
Photo vy Michael Curtis

Are people born attracted to the same sex, or do they make a choice? Recently, the Student Election Commission (SEC) of Tennessee State University took on the heated and controversial question before an audience of students in Kean Hall. The seminar ‘Whose Business Is It Anyway?’ featured students representing the LGBT community and those sitting on the opposite side of the argument.

The panel often erupted into heated debates with some speakers arguing that homosexuality was a personal choice, while others believed environmental elements influenced people’s decision as to which gender they would be attracted. Michaiah Hinds was not shy about sharing his opinion and the Bible scripture to back it up.

“As a Christian, same sex marriage goes against the will and the word of God,” said Michaiah Hinds, a panelist from the seminar. “The Bible says in Leviticus 18:22: ‘Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is an abomination.’ We live a life faced with sin and neither man nor woman is perfect. The Bible declares that we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, but we thank God for His grace and mercy. Let me be the first to say that we have to daily crucify ourselves and submit to the will of God.”

According to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, a sexual orientation law estimates that nine million (about 3.8%) of Americans identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

They also report that the most broadly recognized statistic is that one in every 10 individuals is LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender); however, some research estimates one in 20. This all depends on a person’s definition of ‘gay’ (which may vary by study) and the participant’s willingness to classify as gay, bisexual, lesbian or transgender.

“Being born or not being born with an attraction to only the opposite sex is only important when the morality aspect of the act is discussed,” said Daryl Ritchie, a member of GSA (Gay Straight Alliance). “The topic is irrelevant. I don’t see anything wrong with the state of being homosexual. Thus, I don’t see it being important as to if people are born that way or not.”

According to www.slate.com, studies have shown that men with biological brothers are likelier to be homosexual than men with older sisters or no older siblings. The likelihood of being gay increases by about 33% with each additional older brother.

It’s an argument that has been going on for decades with no conclusive answer to it. It’s not only a sensitive subject, but also one that has sparked intense research initiatives.

While there is much research taking place and varying opinions, the SEC says it is doing its part to bring about awareness, and expand people’s opinions and create an environment of acceptance, regardless of people’s differences, including their sexual preference.

“Our seminar gave the panel and audience a chance to voice and hear the perspectives of different love interests by homo and heterosexuals,” said Angelina Berry, a member of the Student Election Commission. “A topic scared to be touched by most students was fully exposed and discussed in-depth, from undercover men to religious perspectives.”