Johns Hopkins Distances From Psychiatrists’ Report That There’s No ‘Scientific Evidence’ People Born Homosexual

johns-hopkins-compressedBALTIMORE, Md. — Officials with Johns Hopkins Medicine have distanced themselves from a report written by two of its psychiatrists that states that there is no scientific evidence that people are born homosexual or in the wrong body.

“In recent months, some have questioned our position, both inside and outside the institution, not because of any change in our practice or policy, but because of the varied individual opinions expressed publicly by members of the Johns Hopkins Medicine community,” wrote Dr. Paul Rothman, dean of medical faculty, and Ronald Peterson, president of Johns Hopkins Health System, in an email letter sent on Oct. 7 to students and alumni.

“We have taken these concerns seriously. We want to reiterate our institutional support for LGBT individuals and update you on the work we are doing to further that commitment,” it stated.

As previously reported, in August, Johns Hopkins psychiatrists Dr. Lawrence Mayer and Dr. Paul McHugh penned a controversial report entitled Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences, which was published in The New Atlantis.

“Some of the most widely held views about sexual orientation, such as the ‘born that way’ hypothesis, simply are not supported by science,” the men wrote. “The literature in this area does describe a small ensemble of biological differences between non-heterosexuals and heterosexuals, but those biological differences are not sufficient to predict sexual orientation, the ultimate test of any scientific finding.”

They criticized what they call the “common assumption that sexual desires, attractions, or longings reveal some innate and fixed feature of our biological or psychological constitution, a fixed sexual identity or orientation,” finding even the phrase “sexual orientation” to be ambiguous and without “widely accepted scientific definitions.”

The doctors additionally expressed doubt that one is born in the wrong body, that “there is no evidence that all children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior should be encouraged to become transgender.” Rather, they noted that the philosophy that gender is a “social construct” grew out of the feminist movement.

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But following opposition to the report, which the men stated was based on 200 peer-reviewed studies in matters such as epidemiology, genetics, psychiatry and neuroscience, as well as embryology, Johns Hopkins officials wished to advise that the institution in itself “will remain steadfast in enacting our commitment to LGBTQ equality.”

“When individuals associated with Johns Hopkins exercise the right of expression, they do not speak on behalf of the institution,” Rothman and Peterson advised in their email letter.

They also outlined several organizational policies—both existing and new—surrounding homosexuality and transgenderism.

“We have expanded our health care benefits to cover transgender health services, including surgical procedures, with no lifetime maximum benefit,” the men advised. “We have committed to and will soon begin providing gender-affirming surgery as another important element of our overall care program, reflecting careful consideration over the past year of best practices and the appropriate provision of care for transgender individuals.”

The homosexual advocacy group Human Rights Campaign had urged Johns Hopkins to release an “official statement about McHugh and Mayer’s activities.”

“If Hopkins’ leadership ignores their community’s call to correct the record—clarifying that McHugh and Mayer’s opinions do not represent it, and that its healthcare services provided reflect the scientific consensus on LGBTQ health and well-being—its Healthcare Equality Index score will be reduced substantially,” it wrote in a blog post on the matter.

Psalms 51:5 teaches mankind, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Jesus also outlined in John 3 that since all men are born in sin being descendants of Adam, and by their very nature have tendencies to distort God’s perfect design, they must be born again and receive a new nature.

“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God,” Jesus said. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.”

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  • kivlighn

    I have one simple request for these reaearchers. And that is – stay true to the science. Don’ t let politics in either direction sway findings. If it turns out that sexual orientation is a matter of choice or due in part to something else, follow the science. My dad firmly believed adding estrogen to milk would produce more homosexuals.. Everyone has a theory. Let’s follow the science…test the theories..and discover the truth.

    • Croquet_Player

      They have may have something which amounts to a “hypothesis”. Not a “theory”. This is a problem in popular conversation. In common parlance, “theory” means little more than general speculation or a wild guess. In science, it’s something far more rigorous.

      In modern science, the term “theory” refers to scientific theories, a well-confirmed type of explanation of nature, made in a way consistent with scientific method, and fulfilling the criteria required by modern science. Such theories are described in such a way that any scientist in the field is in a position to understand and either provide empirical support (“verify”) or empirically contradict (“falsify”) it. Scientific theories are the most reliable, rigorous, and comprehensive form of scientific knowledge, in contrast to more common uses of the word “theory” that imply that something is unproven or speculative (which is better characterized by the word ‘hypothesis’). Scientific theories are distinguished from hypotheses, which are individual empirically testable conjectures, and scientific laws, which are descriptive accounts of how nature will behave under certain conditions.

      • kivlighn

        Interesting. Guess it depends on your coffee clutch. I’ve not found this to be a ‘problem in popular conversation’ at all. In fact, the only time I’ve heard the difference addressed, has been in a rare exchange with a puffed up snob citing Wikipedia, who completely missed the point of the conversation.

        • Croquet_Player

          Didn’t know it’s “snobby” to hope for accuracy using scientific terms on an article discussing science. Wikipedia is very helpful for easy reference. Shame more people don’t use it.

  • Croquet_Player

    ‘“The literature in this area does describe a small ensemble of
    biological differences between non-heterosexuals and heterosexuals, but
    those biological differences are not sufficient to predict sexual
    orientation, the ultimate test of any scientific finding.”’

    Here’s where they admit they some trouble. That fact that there are any known biological differences, let alone a known cluster (or what they dismiss them as “small ensemble” as they describe it) indicates something significant. “Small” is a relative term in biology. Small changes in development can amount to a big deal in the result.

    It bears mentioning that at least one of these two scientists is deeply religious and appears to have a personal agenda to make the science fit his world view, which is unfortunate. Nevertheless, their work should be reviewed on the merits of failures of the science alone. It’s quite telling that the venerable medical institution Johns Hopkins seeks to put some distance between them.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Sodomic West hates objective truths. Christian West alone had quests for the objective truth. It takes the Judeo-Christian values to quest for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth – the Christian Western civilization’s superb foundation handed down by the Protestant Reformers. The naked emperor(LGBT supporters) does not have any garment on. To praise his non-existent garment is being stupid and becoming a slave to villains again. The West needs Christianity for salvation and for obtaining the truth.

    • uninvitedguest

      Ridiculous as usual

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        You guys are being suicidal from childlessness. Don’t drag others into it. You must repent of your sins to obtain life.

        • uninvitedguest

          More ignorance… I have kids. You know nothing about life here

          • Amos Moses

            by your comments … you know nothing of life period ….. dead in trespasses and sins ….. is not life ….

  • calduncan

    The day that someone writes “gay” on a birth certificate is when I believe in “born gay.” So far, no one has identified a gay baby. These morons claim someone is “born gay and can never change,” then turn around and say “people identified me as male when I was born, but I’m really a female.” Obviously this is not “science” nor even remotely rational.

    • nerp nepalm

      i really hope they never put what sex acts people would like or not on their birth certificate. You’re being silly

  • Reason2012

    So Johns Hopkins is anti-science and pro-homosexual agenda. Noted.

    Adults continue to permanently turn away from homosexuality, even after decades of believing the lie they were “born that way”, proving it’s not genetic, but the product of indoctrination, confusion, mental instability and/or abuse.

    Homosexual behavior is most literally pointed out as a sin, and God has not changed on that regard. But if a person has those inclinations but does not act upon them, does not dwell in lust upon others, but is instead struggling against them to avoid them, then it’s not a sin. It’s just like sinful inclinations of any kind: it’s acting upon it when it becomes a sin.

    And this is what God says about sin and specifically the behavior of homosexuality:

    Romans 1:26-27 ”For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their_lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ”Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [men who willingly take on the part of a “woman” with another man], nor abusers of themselves with mankind [s odomites], (10) Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

    1 Timothy 1:9-10 ”Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, (10) For_whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind [s odomites], for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;”

    Jude 1:7 ”Even as_Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

    Luke 17:29 ”[Jesus said] But the same day that Lot went out of_Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.”

    Matthew 19:4-6 ”And he [Jesus] answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, (5) And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? (6) Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

    Jesus made it quite clear God made us male and female so that a man will leave his father and mother (not two fathers, not three mothers and so on) and cleave onto his wife (not his husband and so on).

    The Word of God rebukes us all – even if we all try to say we don’t believe the Bible, the very Word of God will be our judge when we face Him. And God is a righteous judge and will judge us all – not turn a blind eye to our sin. Do not be deceived by the world: it’s God we will have to convince that His word was a lie, not men. What happened in Noah’s day when the entire world rejected God? Did God spare them because there were so many? No – they all perished except for Noah and his family!

    Proverbs 9:10 ”The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

    God spared not His chosen people – we are kidding ourselves if we think He will spare the United States of America if we choose to blatantly turn away from Him.

    Jeremiah 12:17 ”But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD.”

    Luke 17:28-30 “So also as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; (29) but the day Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from the heaven and destroyed them all. (30) Even so it shall be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”

    Romans 1:18-32 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold [suppress] the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

    For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

    Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, m urder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

    The entire Bible points out men having_sex with men is an abomination. Likewise woman having_sex with women. It’s not just Paul that pointed it out.

    Genesis 19:4-13 “But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of S odom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them [men wanting to have_sex with men].

    And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing [he offers his daughters to be_raped to keep them from having_sex with another man – shows_rape is not the issue but male on male_sex]; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

    And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

    And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.”

    These two messengers were sent to destroy that place before the event where they tried to_rape these messengers.

    Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

    Leviticus 20:13 “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination …”

    Even cross-dressing is an abomination:

    Deuteronomy 22:5 “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”

    Deuteronomy 23:17 “There shall be no_whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a s odomite of the sons of Israel.”

    1 Kings 22:46 “And the remnant of the s odomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.”

    1 Kings 15:11-12 “And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. And he took away the s odomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.”

    2 Kings 23:7 “And he brake down the houses of the s odomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.”

    Ezekiel 16:49-50 “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister S odom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.”

    And the “pride” parades about homosexuality are more of the same.

    Matthew 19:4-5 “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?”

    Not father and father. Not mother and mother. Not his husband.

    And only two people of opposite gender can become “one flesh”.

    Live forever, people – not temporarily only to be cast out for living for the things of this world.

    May God/Jesus Christ be glorified!

    • uninvitedguest

      LOL! Johns Hopkins has always been about science and thats why they’re distancing themselves from anti gay propaganda like this report.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        The Western civilization is collapsing from the inclination to homosexual depravity. You guys need morality instead of nudism.

        • uninvitedguest

          Blah, blah, blah

      • blah…blah..blah…usual liberal nonsense

      • hytre64✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        So, because this is a report based off of 200 peer reviewed studies – it is propaganda because it doesn’t agree with your pre-determined non-scientific views.

        That is called being “Politically Correct” despite evidence to the contrary.

    • This style ten and six

      It is fortunate that we live in secular democracies and that bible verses don’t form part of the law of the US or Canada. LGBTQ equality and same sex marriage is here to stay. You can put quote marks around marriage if you wish but it won’t make a pennyworth of difference to the working of society.

      • Amos Moses

        ROTFL ………… SMH ………

      • uninvitedguest


      • Chet

        Here to stay, possibly. However, secular democracy or no, such wickedness will never be acceptable with God Almighty, the One with whom we all have to do, some day… He has the last say in everything, including sexual sins of adultery, fornication and the abomination of homosexuality, period… And remember, life is short whether 70 + years or slightly beyond, but, eternity is forever to reside in one abode of the other. For the saved, those who have repented and received the Lord Jesus Christ as their own personal Lord and Saviour, it’s the eternal bliss of Heaven. For the lost, the Christ rejectors, it’s the abode of the damned in Hell fire and brimstone…Choose wisely, Sir… Jesus saves from the guttermost to the uttermost…

        • This style ten and six

          Homosexuality is not a sin, nor is anything else. It is just in your head. So is all the other Jesus nonsense.

          • Chet

            In that death comes to all men, we’ll all find out such about 10 seconds after we snap-out into eternity. Choose wisely, man…

          • Amos Moses

            Is that a scientific, theological or personal opinion ……………

        • Amen!!

      • The truth is foolishness to those who are perishing

      • Amos Moses

        Any “society that recognizes and affirms homosexual “marriage” …. is a dying and irrelevant society …….. hope you had fun in the destruction of it ………..

        • This style ten and six

          Odd that you should get back to me after the thread is dead.

          Canada has recognized same sex marriage (no quote marks required) for over eleven years and shows no signs of dying. Of course we may be irrelevant to you Americans but so what! We are doing fine and so are other places with SSM, including the US.

          Why you think SSM is going to make any significant impact on your society is a mystery to me. After all if you don’t like it, don’t do it.

          • Amos Moses

            a day ago is not dead ………. and Canada is the same backwards place it has ever been …. they have not advanced one iota …. that is a dead society …… and when the US goes down for it …. Canada will be flushola with it …………..

          • Amos Moses


            Jim Hoft Oct 16th, 2016 7:08 pm

            WW3 to start soon …. Canada will be dust with the rest ………..

  • Chet

    They can distance themselves from fellow doctors all thy wish but they’ll never distance themselves from the Word of God, believe or no…

  • nerp nepalm

    It amazes me how often genuinely bigoted conservative Christians so define their beliefs on LGBT issues as absolutes. In over 20+ years of Biblical Research into the ancient documents and languages of scripture, I’ve found even anything but, that they are right, or that their beliefs are even remotely absolutes on such matters. God and Jesus, do not teach hate. Some Christians, do, however. Half the country used to regard “The curse of Ham”, as a genuine and unarguable Biblical reality. No church in the nation any longer keeps this doctrine.

  • TwoRutRoad

    Dear Christians,

    I wonder how much scientific evidence there is to show that you are Christian. Probably none. Yet you demand certain right based or your religion.

    Sorry. I take that back.

    You demand PRIVILEGE ABOVE OTHERS based on your religion. You can’t stand to feel persecuted, but happily persecute others.