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Gay Fruit Fly Fight Intensifies ::

Reported by Trackitdown TID on November 7, 2005

San Francisco gay rights activist and author Patrick Letellier ridiculed fundamentalist Christian organisation Focus on the Family this week over their response to recent research which revealed that inserting just one male gene in female fruit flies, turned them into fully fledged lesbians.

Focus on the Family spokesman Aaron Atwood reacted angrily to media stories suggesting the findings could indicate the possibility of a gay gene for humans, and published a lengthy tirade in which he outlined the key differences between people and flies.

“Fruit flies don't date, go to bars or go to church,” he claimed, “Sexual orientation in fruit flies is not at all the same thing as in human beings. Fruit flies don't have fantasies, wishes, hopes, dreams or any of that.”

Patrick Letellier responded with amusement to the Family’s diatribe this week, in his heavily syndicated column declaring ‘to say that sexual orientation in humans has genetic roots is to remove the ace holding the conservative, anti-gay house of cards in place.”

“All I can say is, when the far-right is sternly lecturing us about the emotional life of lesbian fruit flies, you know we're on to something,” he added.

The fruit fly study emerged some three years after scientists at Manchester University examining dating habits of English cockroaches discovered that roaches are highly selective about choosing lovers, with age proving to be a key factor in the typical roach’s pulling potential.

"Researchers have found that as female cockroaches age, they become less choosy about their mates," The Daily Telegraph reported in 2002.

"Biologists say the same age-related compromise between finding the best mate and making the most of whoever comes along is found in most species, including humans." (Hetracil is the world's most widely prescribed anti-effeminate prescription: Disease Information:  More than 80 million Americans suffer from some type of Homosexuality, and one in eight persons need treatment for Homosexuality during his or her lifetime . . .  ')

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