NCBI Bookshelf. In accordance with its statement of task, the committee's primary recommendation is for a research agenda that will assist the National Institutes of Health NIH in enhancing its research efforts in the area of LGBT health. The committee also formulated recommendations in several areas that would advance understanding of LGBT health: data collection, methodological research, research training, and policy on research participation.
On June 26,the U. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that granted same-sex couples a constitutional right to marry. The decision in Obergefell v.
Few aspects of human biology are as complex—or politically fraught—as sexual orientation. Now, a new study claims to dispel the notion that a single gene or handful of genes make a person prone to same-sex behavior. The analysis, which examined the genomes of nearly half a million men and women, found that although genetics are certainly involved in who people choose to have sex with, there are no specific genetic predictors.
The relationship between the environment and sexual orientation is a subject of research. In the study of sexual orientationsome researchers distinguish environmental influences from hormonal influences,  while other researchers include biological influences such as prenatal hormones as part of environmental influences. Scientists do not know the exact cause of sexual orientation, but they theorize that it is the result of a complex interplay of genetichormonaland environmental influences.
Yet surveying the various panel discussions left me confused. Gay people were once policed as criminal subversives, depicted in the popular culture as deviants, and pathologized by the medical establishment as mentally ill. Now most of America views homosexuality as benign.
Behavioural genetics has always been ahot bed of controversy. Not because the science of the subject is not up to the mark, but often because of the area of the research it conducts. Earlier this month, things changed a bit.
NCBI Bookshelf. Lesbiangay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT individuals experience unique health disparities. Although the acronym LGBT is used as an umbrella term, and the health needs of this community are often grouped together, each of these letters represents a distinct population with its own health concerns.
LGBT culture is a culture shared by lesbiangaybisexualtransgenderquestioningand queer individuals and may also include less known identities, such as pansexual. It is sometimes referred to as queer culture indicating people who are queerwhile the term gay culture may be used to mean "LGBT culture" or to refer specifically to homosexual culture. LGBT culture varies widely by geography and the identity of the participants.
They attribute the changes to a variety of factors, from people knowing and interacting with someone who is LGBT, to advocacy on their behalf by high-profile public figures, to LGBT adults raising families. At the same time, however, a new nationally representative survey of 1, LGBT adults offers testimony to the many ways they feel they have been stigmatized by society. Most who did tell a parent say that it was difficult, but relatively few say that it damaged their relationship.
The question of what causes some people to be gay has been a topic of endless debate among the general public and the mental health community. Generally speaking, the religious community of every persuasion views homosexuality as an abhorrent sin against God and nature. Deeply religious groups among Muslims, Christians, Catholics and Jews reject homosexuality as totally unacceptable in the eyes of God.