Boys with older brothers are more likely to be homosexual than those with sisters, younger brothers or no siblings at all, according to research. However, the researchers think their findings are linked to what happens in the womb, rather than the effects of growing up among older boys. For decades, academics have argued over nature versus nurture - whether individuals are born gay, or become gay because of where and how they grow up. Now Canadian psychologist Ray Blanchard says the answer depends on how many older brothers a man has. He studied the family backgrounds of gay men and the same number of straight men.
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The machine intelligence tested in the research, which was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and first reported in the Economist , was based on a sample of more than 35, facial images that men and women publicly posted on a US dating website. The data also identified certain trends, including that gay men had narrower jaws, longer noses and larger foreheads than straight men, and that gay women had larger jaws and smaller foreheads compared to straight women. While the findings have clear limits when it comes to gender and sexuality — people of color were not included in the study, and there was no consideration of transgender or bisexual people — the implications for artificial intelligence AI are vast and alarming. More frighteningly, governments that continue to prosecute LGBT people could hypothetically use the technology to out and target populations. That means building this kind of software and publicizing it is itself controversial given concerns that it could encourage harmful applications.
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There are still 73 jurisdictions in the world that criminalise "private, consensual, same-sex sexual activity", according to Human Dignity Trust. Being homosexual was decriminalised in the UK in , recent enough to still be in the minds of many citizens. Many of us may remember learning about war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon- but how many teachers mentioned their homosexuality? What does it do to children when their own identity is not reflected back at them?
Two gay men who met online and started a physical relationship discovered they were actually brothers live on the Jeremy Kyle show. A DNA test revealed the shock truth for lovers Paul and Lee, who had been a couple for years after finding each other online. The pair - who exchanged flirty messages for a full two years before hooking-up - were none the wiser to the fact they shared the same mother The reality only came to light when Lee's family and friends first met his new lover and noticed a striking similarity between Paul and his mother's former husband, Ron. To set the record straight, the men chose to appear on The Jeremy Kyle Show, where they requested a DNA test that they hoped would prove that they didn't share the same blood.