Mutable? Undisputable?

A very interesting little web-reference has been causing a stir in the post-gay blogosphere today (Alan and Warren, are you reading this? What do I owe you for that little linguistic plug?). Exodus have the best comment so have a look there at some point.

Here’s the teeny-weeny phrases from the GLSEN website that has been causing all the fuss:

Sexual Orientation: Orientation is influenced by a variety of factors, including genetics and hormones, as well as unknown environmental factors.

Sexual Identity: Our sexual behavior and how we define ourselves (identity) can be chosen.

Blimey. Now I do like the one on sexual orientation in particular because we’re all STILL waiting for that killer scientific paper that’s going to show us that there’s a gay gene or a gay hormone. Perhaps GLSEN would like to produce it for us, and while we’re waiting I suggest a slight amendment to help them make their dictionary a bit more accurate:

Sexual Orientation: Orientation is influenced by a variety of factors, possibly including genetics and hormones, as well as unknown biological and environmental factors.

Sexual Identity: Our sexual behavior and how we define ourselves (identity) can be chosen.

I think we can all agree that that’s a pretty good summary of where the scientific discussion is actually up to. Now if GLSEN had the guts to amend their defintions page to that kind of scientifically accurate summary you might even get me joining up.

Nothing yet on this from XGW. It can only be a matter of time though…