Photography by Mark Burke
Copyright 1998 by Gary Revel
Why are there men who don't seem to be quite 'men' and women who don't seem to be quite 'women'? It could be because of the male/female chromosome characteristics. Most mammals have only one pair of sex chromosomes in each cell. Males typically have one Y chromosome and one X chromosome, while females have two X chromosomes. In mammals, the Y chromosome contains a gene, SRY, which triggers embryonic development as a male. The Y chromosomes of humans and other mammals also contain other genes needed for normal sperm production and other male characteristics.
However there are exceptions and they are stark and real. For example: some men have two Xs and a Y ("XXY", see Klinefelter syndrome), or one X and two Ys (research XYY syndrome), and some women have three Xs or a single X instead of a double X ("X0", see Turner syndrome). There are other exceptions in which SRY is damaged (leading to an XY female), or copied to the X (leading to an XX male). For related phenomena, research the Androgen insensitivity syndrome and Intersex. These are differences we know about and of course there surely are many we know not of.
So when Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual people say they were born that way they are absolutely right. Kind of like when we realized that the world was round and not flat we have to realize that people are different. The world we live in is no longer made up of only the male/female coupling/family scenario and we must understand that we're not going to sail off the end of a flat world and fall into oblivion by accepting that. Everyone has a distinct genetic makeup and sometimes it's different enough that most of us don't immediately understand it. It's time we all start looking at one another in a new light, trying harder to understand the wonderful differences we can share in this big wonderful world God has given us.
Now this is being written by one who loves Jesus and is a devout Christian. If you are a Christian and are against the church reaching out to people who are different then you need to wake up. If your not a Christian and resist accepting people who are different then you need to wake up as well.
JESUS SAVES, JESUS HEALS, JESUS LOVES AND JESUS IS THE GREAT I AM. HE IS THE LORD OF LORDS AND THE KING OF KINGS.