The brains of gay men respond to a whiff of testosterone in much the same way that those of heterosexual women do, according to the Associated Press which is reporting a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The AP also reported a second study that found that gay men preferred to smell t-shirts worn by other gay men.
This looks to be another salvo in the ever entertaining battle over whether or not homosexuality is innate or a choice.
In press release responding to the new studies, Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese declared, "Science is closing the door on right-wing distortions. Opposing discrimination is always the right thing to do. Now it's even more clear that discrimination can be opposed on scientific grounds too. At the end of the day, science shouldn't matter. Treating people fairly shouldn't be based on scientific evidence. However it does help people understand who people are and alleviates fear. That's a positive step."
Science may or may not be "closing the door" on the question of innate versus a choice. But who cares? It's nobody's business but their own anyway.