Letter: A controversial chromosome

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Sir: I feel the discovery of what is inevitably called the 'gay gene' can only bode ill, and not only because of the threat of pre-natal testing and fears of eventual parental choice of sexuality.

I find the idea that such news could be an argument for equality not only unlikely as you suggest today but also extremely offensive: equality is a right due to everyone regardless of any genetic qualification they may be able to demonstrate.

I am gay, perfectly content with my sexuality, and not in the least bit interested in why I am gay. Ignorance may just be more blissful than the consequences of genetic research.

Yours faithfully,


London, NW3

16 July