Study Adds To Scientific Evidence Around Sexual Orientation

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese released the
following statement in response to a study released showing gay men and
heterosexual men respond differently when exposed to certain smells.
According to the Associated Press, the study, published in the May 10
issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was done by
researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

"How we treat people should be based on principles of basic fairness,
not scientific evidence. However, studies like this help people
understand each other and alleviate fear. That's a positive step. This
study adds to a growing body of evidence showing a biological connection
around sexual orientation. Science is closing the door on right-wing
distortions."

In 1991, Dr. Simon LeVay broke ground in research into the biology of
sexual orientation by releasing the results of a landmark study that
showed that heterosexual men and gay men had significant differences in
the size of their hypothalamus, that portion of the brain which
regulates the body's metabolism.

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