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Jared's room is decked out with camouflage, airplanes, and military toys, while Adam's room sports a pastel canopy, stuffed animals, and white horses. To prove this correlation, a group at Northwestern University recruited homosexual and heterosexual adults who had videos from their childhood (i.e., from ages 0 to 15 years), and we also videotaped them during an interview.When Stahl came for a visit, Jared was eager to show her his G.  Subsequently, we recruited homosexual and heterosexual adults to rate the degree of gender nonconformity from both the childhood and the adult video clips.One exception to the lack of interest in the details of what exactly gays are born with was a 60 Minutes piece in 2006 on the "Science Of Sexual Orientation." Intrepid reporter Leslie Stahl profiled two sets of identical twins to illustrate the overlap of sexual orientation and gendered traits. But why is Leslie Stahl bothering small children whose gender and interests don't conform to societal expectations?The first of two sets of twins: The bedrooms of 9-year-old twins Adam and Jared couldn't be more different. And then that's where I keep all the guns for 'em," he explained. Because childhood gender expression relates to adult sexual orientation in that the former predicts the latter: a feminine boy, more often than not, grows up to become a gay man.To put another way, even pro-gay researchers have found that under controlled experiments some well-known stereotypes about effeminate gay men contain at least a "kernel of truth." While confirmation of these stereotypes goes relatively unmentioned in most of the press, this gay effeminacy is foundational to the conclusion that gay men are born that way.The prevailing theory is simple: "Differences in levels of circulating sex hormones [of the fetus] usually testosterone during one or more critical periods of development cause the brain to develop in a more-male-like or more female-like direction, and these differences influence a spectrum of gendered traits in juvenile life and adulthood, including the preference for male and female sex partners." More simply, prenatal hormones circulating in the mother's womb influence the sexual orientation of the fetus.The verbal fluency and memory of gay men exceeds that of other men, mirroring that of women.Science, though, is late to linking sexuality with gender expression.
Namely, gay men are shifted towards the feminine: "what's striking is the large number of traits in which gay people's minds are at least part-way shifted in gender-atypical direction" according to Simon Le Vay, a neuroscientist whose own research on sexual orientation is often invoked by the "born that way" side.Simon Le Vay's research has found that the size of INAH3 in gay men mirrors that of women, while straight men's are considerably larger than both.