Pro-exgay pundit Warren Throckmorton issued the press release "New Genetics Study Undermines Gay Gene Theory" on Feb. 9. Exgay activist group Exodus International reprinted the press release on its own web site on Feb. 11.
In the press release, Throckmorton — who lacks professional expertise in genetics — apparently misconstrues the findings of a study, "A Genomewide Scan of Male Sexual Orientation," published in the March 2005 issue of Human Genetics.
Brian Stanley Mustanski, lead author of the study, has published a copy of the report online along with a non-technical summary and Q&A that clarifies the scientific jargon and responds to possible misinterpretations generated by sources of questionable scientific reliability and known bias.
Addendum: Curiously, Throckmorton cites a study
that he says supports his own viewpoint. But the latter study, "Exotic
Becomes Erotic: Interpreting the Biological Correlates of Sexual
Orientation" by Daryl J. Bem, speculated that biology and childhood nonconformity to overly rigid societal gender roles may interact in the formation of sexual orientation.
Is Throckmorton admitting that environment alone does not determine sexual orientation?