Smiles, frowns, and shudders are all to be expected while reading the futuristic "The Gay Gene Discovery," where, although with the best of intentions, science deals a nasty joker in the guise of advancing knowledge. Even the Vatican's closet is invaded. And what's more, it could happen.- Bill Lee, San Francisco Rogue|
Smiles, frowns, and shudders are all to be expected while reading the futuristic The Gay Gene Discovery, where, although with the best of intentions, science deals a nasty joker in the guise of advancing knowledge. Even the Vatican s closet is invaded. And what s more, it could happen. --Bill Lee, Author
When Dr. Gregory Hudson and his team begin looking for the gay gene, they believe they are doing so for the best possible motives: to remove the stigma associated with homosexuality by proving the genetic cause thus eliminating the idea that homosexuals choose their sexuality. But the uses to which his research are put turn out to be very different from what he imagined and he is forced to confront the human costs of his scientific breakthrough. Far from helping the gay community, Dr. Hudson s research has inadvertently placed a weapon in the hands of their enemies. His good intentions have indeed paved the road to hell for queer men and women, and may even lead to their eradication from the planet. In The Gay Gene Discovery, Linda Sones Feinberg shows the disastrous consequences that arise when we rely on science and government to deal with social ills. In these days of racial profiling, government files on the everyday lives of citizens, and with intolerance of many kinds flourishing, the future presented in The Gay Gene Discovery seems not only possible, but likely. Sones Feinberg s strength as a writer is her ability to put a human face on those directly affected by social changes, and shows the price we all pay when we forget that society is not an abstract concept but is instead comprised of flesh and blood individuals who are more than the sum of their biological parts.