To start off, let me state unequivocally that from the "social" point of view my opinions and beliefs are on the liberal side. Which means, when one considers the two (probably) most debated and contentious social issues today, abortion and sexual orientation, I am firmly on the side of a woman's (total) right to choose whether or not to have an abortion, and I am equally firmly on the side of equal rights/privileges for all individuals, without regard to whether they are attracted to the same or opposite sex. Given that preamble, I have an honest, and I think thoughtful question that I would be interested in hearing some perspectives on an answer or answers. I would first like to layout some of my own reasoning leading up to the question. Since I am heterosexual, I must rely on the posts of others to get some basic understanding. I think it is pretty apparent from things said by leekohler, Moyank24, MadeTheSwitch, et al, that it is not a conscious choice to be gay or lesbian (I will limit my concepts to these basic male and female life styles without delving into any other non-heterosexual life styles). From my (limited) understanding of human development, there are two primary factors that shape the transition from infant to thinking, reasoning human being those factors being environment and genetics (ignoring things like Love Canal, Hiroshima and Chernobyl as abnormal environmental factors). In thinking specifically about homosexuality, I have read nothing that supports the theory that it is environmentally rooted. Certainly, "straight" families have produced both heterosexual and homosexual offspring, and gay/lesbian couples have produced heterosexual offspring. Assuming my two controlling development factors, environment and genetics, are correct, it is certainly not a stretch to reach the conclusion that homosexuality is somehow rooted somewhere in that myriad of chromosome pairs. Let me digress for a moment and expend some words on evolution. If I recall correctly from my school years (from a lot of years ago), the concept of evolutionary changes that occur in all species is pretty much driven by the simple, yet effective, theory of survival of the fittest. To fine tune that concept a bit, it would seem logical that evolution causes those minute changes in successive generations that either promote the perpetuation of the species, or provides a one way ticket to extinction. (OK, so you see where I'm heading. Bear with me) Given the current biological/physiological makeup of the human male and the human female the male cannot produce eggs, and the female cannot produce sperm, if one then considers the evolutionary impetus to perpetuate the species, is it then a stretch to consider the "homosexuality gene" (crude, but lacking a better description) to be "defective" in terms of the afore-mentioned perpetuation? Before I get blasted, please understand this I am absolutely not implying that anyone other than a heterosexual is defective or a freak in any way, shape or form. I AM NOT A HATER that which I stated at the beginning of this treatise is absolutely the truth in terms of my feelings and beliefs. I am trying to deal with, what to my rational thought process, seems a logical analysis. I would truly like to understand others' thoughts on this. I have lived my whole adult life trying to be as logical and rational as I am capable of, yet I feel a disconnect somewhere here. Help me to understand, please.