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Byrne Fone, PhD Biography

Professor Emeritus of English at City University of New York
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"

“In my mind, sexual orientation is absolutely determined at, or indeed before birth. It is in short nature, not nurture. It is in the genes. What is determined by nurture, however is not homosexuality but homophobia as well as what might be called gender-role typecasting, that is expectations of what is ‘masculine,’ ‘feminine,’ and ‘effeminate.'”

Email to on Jan. 23, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-owner, Le Domaine de La Millasserie, “a gay-owned B and B with pool in the gay-friendly Perigord [France]”
    Professor Emeritus of English, City University of New York
  • PhD, 18th Century English and 19th Century American Literature, New York University
  • MA, Medieval Studies, University of Virginia
  • BA, Harpur College
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