January 22, 2014 | by Staff reports
Pregnant smokers, drinkers more likely to have gay kids: study
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Choices made during pregnancy such as smoking can raise the chance of having a gay child, according to a new study. (Photo by Bigstock)

LONDON — A new study from an Amsterdam University neurobiology professor suggests that choices made during pregnancy such as taking synthetic hormones, smoking, drinking and stress can raise the chance of having a gay child, the Sunday Times reports.

Professor Dick Swaab says smoking, drinking and taking drugs designed to combat depression during pregnancy can lower a child’s IQ, while living in an area with high levels of traffic pollution can raise the risk of autism, the Times reports.

Swaab’s claims follow a survey of the latest academic studies about links between the lifestyles of pregnant women and the development of their babies. Each provides evidence of the sensitivity of the brain to outside influences, the article said.

“Pregnant women suffering from stress are also more likely to have homosexual children of both genders because their raised level of the stress hormone cortisol affects the production of fetal sex hormones,” the Telegraph quoted him as having said.

6 Comments
  • So how do you explain away the many LGBT people with genius IQs and parents who did not do those things. If this was real science they would have released the full study including their mathematical data rather than simply releasing a statement on their results that was tailored for the average 7th grade reading level of a majority of the American public.

  • Eh….sounds like an over-interpretation of data…..

  • Misinterpretation of Swaab's PR. He opines thusly in his new book–along with a lot of other loose conjecture–but no empirical evidence is offered there. Shame on the Blade for publishing this piece without factchecking!

  • A brief article on a on some minuscule website is not enough to convince me. What moron would believe this bullshit?

  • A brief article on a on some minuscule website is not enough to convince me. What moron would believe this bullshit?

  • I dunno, makes perfect sense to me. People who what perfect children give up drinking and smoking. People who want perfect children pressure those children into the closet. Therefore there's a correlation between drinking/smoking pregnant mothers and LGBT kids.

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