A landmark report on the science behind “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (“SOGI”) was released recently by The New Atlantis Journal of Technology & Society. Compiled by two leading researchers – one an eminent psychiatrist from Johns Hopkins University – the report looks at data derived from nearly 200 peer-reviewed studies on these topics and finds that many, if not most, of the widely repeated claims about SOGI have no basis in science.
Among the main conclusions the report drew, it was found most notably that:
i. The belief that sexual orientation is an innate, biologically fixed human property—that people are “born that way”—is not supported by scientific evidence.
ii. Likewise, the belief that gender identity is an innate, fixed human property independent of biological sex—so that a person might be a “man trapped in a woman’s body” or “a woman trapped in a man’s body”—is not supported by scientific evidence.
iii. Only a minority of children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood. There is no evidence that all such children should be encouraged to become transgender, much less subjected to hormone treatments or surgery.
iv. Non-heterosexual and transgender people have higher rates of mental health problems (anxiety, depression, suicide), as well as behavioral and social problems (substance abuse, intimate partner violence), than the general population. Discrimination alone does not account for the entire disparity.
What makes this report so compelling was that it reviewed research that has already been available, and then simply stated the reasonable conclusions based on the findings therein.
Already widely accepted among many diverse faith communities who have accepted these findings to be true all along, such a reputable scientific report supporting that knowledge can be powerful in shifting the momentum of the larger societal and policy debate on these issues. The data is also valuable in helping us to most successfully address the difficult struggles of the individuals who experience feelings of confusion in their sexual desires and their birth sex.
Frankly, the findings of this report were not unexpected – just perhaps long overdue.
Hopefully in light of this evidence, more reasonable minds will begin to consider the actual biological, psychological, and sociological science when it comes to matters of sexual orientation and gender identity. Perhaps then, we can dispense with the sly pretenses of “discrimination” claims traditionally associated with immutable traits. Something tells me, however, this is wishful thinking, since it is clear that the SOGI movement has always really been about ideology over biology/science. So if nothing else, this hard-hitting report just exposes this agenda that much more.