|Evidence against "born gay" myth|
|"The myth that people are "born gay" and left without choices betrays both the scientific facts and the personal experience of ex-gays like me. Indeed, my very existence proves that change."
— Caleb Price
As someone who self-identified as "gay" for 14 years, Price struggled mightily with this issue. Like many homosexuals, he knew that he had not consciously “chosen” his feelings of attraction to the same sex. In the ’80s, he had long conversations with his gay friends pondering the origins of their homosexuality. They concluded there were reasons they experienced homosexual feelings – they were trying to somehow bond with the same sex because they had poor relationships with their fathers, had been rejected by same-sex peers, had domineering mothers, had been sexually molested, or some combination thereof. Although at that time they had the clarity on the issue, then, in the early-’90s, something amazing happened: The fake news media falsely reported that a “gay gene” had been identified. Price shared this with his father: “See, Dad, I was born this way!”
The journey out of gay identity
Yet in 1999, Price began the journey out of his gay identity following a profound spiritual experience – that he began to seriously question the idea that he had been “born gay.” He found that there was an increasing body of research indicating that people can and do change. He learned that there is no consensus even within the gay community about “nature vs. nurture” and that many gays and lesbians continue to adamantly defend “choice” as the critical factor in the development of sexual identity.
- Answering common questions about biology and homosexuality
- Homosexuals are Not 'Born Gay': Evidence from Science (Genetics) and History (Anthropology)
- Caleb Price (29 Oct 2004). John Kerry's 'born-gay' science. WorldNetDaily.com. Retrieved on 4 Nov 2018.
- Michael Foust (14 Aug 2006). Ex-homosexuals protest APA's position on homosexuality. Baptist Press, Southern Baptist Convention. “Caleb Price, research analyst at Focus on the Family, called APA's position "hypocritical." Price says he identified himself as a homosexual for about 14 years but now is a Christian and heterosexual. "If they are about science and not about politics, then they should be willing to look at issues involving homosexuality … in an intellectually honest way," Price, who also took part in the protest, told BP. Clinton Anderson, director of the APA's Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual office, told the Associated Press that there "is simply no sufficiently scientifically sound evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. "Price, though, strongly disagreed. "The reality is that people's lives are changed," Price said. "We are living testimonies of the fact that people can and do change."”
- Caleb Price. Answering common questions about biology and homosexuality. Focus on the Family. Retrieved on 4 Nov 2018.
- Caleb Price (14 Jun 2010). Homosexuals are Not 'Born Gay' Evidence from Science (Genetics) and History (Anthropology). Evangelical Catholic Apologetics web site. Retrieved on 4 Nov 2018. “(Article re-printed from CitizenLink) Can someone really be "born" gay? Is there a "gay gene"? Does biology equal destiny? Clearly, the controversy over this issue is huge in our culture. While pro-gay activists and their allies want us to believe people are "born gay" and that sexual orientation is an unchangeable characteristic like race or eye color, a closer examination of the scientific evidence reveals that the "nature vs. nurture" debate over homosexuality is far from settled. At best, the evidence for a genetic and/or biological basis to homosexual orientation is inconclusive. In fact, since the early 1990s, numerous studies attempting to establish a genetic cause for homosexuality have not proven to be valid or repeatable -- two important requirements for study results to become accepted as fact in the scientific community. ...”