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Homosexual orientation in twins: A report on 61 pairs and three triplet sets

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Twin pairs in which at least one twin is homosexual were solicited through announcements in the gay press and personal referrals from 1980 to the present. An 18-page questionnaire on the “sexuality of twins” was filled out by one or both twins. Thirty-eight pairs of monozygotic twins (34 male pairs and 4 female pairs) were found to have a concordance rate of 65.8% for homosexual orientation. Twenty-three pairs of dizygotic twins were found to have a concordance rate of 30.4% for homosexual orientation. In addition, three sets of triplets were obtained. Two sets contained a pair of monozygotic twins concordant for sexual orientation with the third triplet dizygotic and discordant for homosexual orientation. A third triplet set was monozygotic with all three concordant for homosexual orientation. These findings are interpreted as supporting the argument for a biological basis in sexual orientation.

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Whitam, F.L., Diamond, M. & Martin, J. Homosexual orientation in twins: A report on 61 pairs and three triplet sets. Arch Sex Behav 22, 187–206 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01541765

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Key words

  • homosexuality
  • twins
  • triplets
  • sexual orientation
  • genetics