Everyone needs a gay aunt or uncle

Why haven’t gay people gone extinct? Because gays and lesbians nurture their nieces and nephews in order to help their family grow. The bigger the family – the higher likelihood of having gay relatives.

A new study found that gay men may be predisposed to nurture their nieces and nephews as a way of helping to ensure their own genes get passed down to the next generation.

The idea is called the kin selection hypothesis. It’s possible that gay people are biologically predisposed to help raise the offspring of their siblings and other relatives.

“Maybe what’s happening is they’re helping their kin reproduce more by just being altruistic towards kin,” said evolutionary psychologist Paul Vasey of the University of Lethbridge in Canada. “Kin therefore pass on more of the genes which they would share with their homosexual relatives.”

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