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Wayne R. Dynes, PhD Biography

Professor Emeritus in the Art Department at Hunter College
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"

“It is tempting, but simplistic to attribute homosexual behavior simply to biological factors. Yet to exclude such factors altogether, stigmatizing this kind of study as ‘biologism,’ as is done by some environmentalists and egalitarians, would be to err in the opposite direction. It is true that some studies seeking to demonstrate biological foundations of homosexual behavior have been poorly designed and tendentious, but future work may be more convincing.”

Homosexuality: A Research Guide, 1987

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor Emeritus, Art Department, Hunter College, 1972-2005
  • Former Member, Gay Academic Union
  • Former Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
  • Former Member, Mattachine Society of New York
  • Fulbright Scholar, 1960s
  • Translation Editor, McGraw Hill, 1958-1963
  • PhD, Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, 1969
  • BA, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), 1956
  • Has traveled to 45 countries and speaks five languages