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Anne Beauchamp
1 year ago

Thank you for your careful handling of this topic.

Personally, I have never understood why whether another person’s sexuality is a choice is of concern. Even if it was a choice – what does that matter?

Bev Caddy
1 year ago

Phil, like you, I’m not fully happy with the term ‘affirming’ either but I really appreciated how you defined what affirming and non-affirming means. To be honest, I think I wobble between 100% affirming the majority of the time to 95% affirming very very occasionally.

kathyshows
1 year ago

I would fully agree with your conclusions here. I would also add that early childhood influences might possibly begin in utero. What about the effects of synthetic hormones (ie modern day birth control) or the actual birthing experience? The Secret Life of the Unborn Child sheds some scant but interesting light on how birth can effect sexual orientation.

Jay Rees
1 year ago
Reply to  Phil Drysdale

Interesting case of a Dominican village where it’s normal for girls develop a penis and turn into boys at 12yrs old. I chuckle on envisioning the pastor trying to explain this one away in Church. Lol.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34290981

Jay Rees
1 year ago

Hey Phil, as a gay man I can confirm this is correct- the spectrum is massive and each individual is unique. Within the gay community we do tend to form groups upon where we land on the spectrum. From the more fem to more masculine. I’ve observed the more fem guys tend to be aware of their homsexuality at a much younger age and therefore have to come to terms with being exposed to society early on. Masculine guys tend to become aware of their homsexuality round puberty and may mask/suppress their feelings for several years.

Alec Barney
1 year ago

My thoughts on this really goes back and forth and after watching this video, at the moment, can a person be born and grow to have homosexual desires (attractions)…yes. I don’t have any evidence necessarily to side with data that a child can be genetically born with homosexual desires. I worked with kids since I was 12 (at a childcare facility for 7 years and raised a niece since she was two months). Genesis 8:21 “…every inclination of the heart is evil from childhood…” I do struggle with same sex attraction and I do believe that same sex attraction is… Read more »

James Parker
1 year ago

Hi Phil, Can you reference the science that you seemed to say confirms that being gay is determined/partly determined by nurture?

James Parker
8 months ago
Reply to  Phil Drysdale

Thanks for your reply, however you write “I think the argument strongly leans towards nature but there are some arguments for nurture”. Though you supplied no evidence for the nurture ‘theory’. Where is your evidence for the “some arguments”? I feel that until you are able to produce the “evidence” your teaching that being gay is both nature and nurture is false. Therefore should be removed until reliable evidence is produced. Such teaching only adds to the prejudice against gay Christian brothers and sisters and gay people in general, which sadly results for some in suicide, for others misery and… Read more »