Nature’s Choice: What Science Reveals About the Biological Origins of Sexual Orientation

July 20th, 2005Cheryl L. Weill, Ph.D., MSWPrivate Practice, BoulderHost: Stephanie Bryan, LCSW

About the Presentation

Nature’s Choice is a slide presentation with extensive audience interaction. It is educational, describing how our sexuality develops both physically and behaviorally. It tries to help people integrate who they are as people with their own sexuality. It presents and elaborates the idea that denial of our sexuality denies our humanity and impairs our spiritual development.

This presentation was developed to address the newer scientific work on the biology of sexual orientation. It is intended for lay audiences and strives to not be scientific, but rather informative. An effort is made to engage the audience in personal experiments that help people understand their own sexuality and its discovery process. Dr. Weill has presented Nature’s Choice 44 times to various educational and social organizations over the past 10 years.

About the Presenter

Dr. Cheryl Weill received a B.S. degree from the College of Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1974. After additional training in molecular neuroscience at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratories, and Harvard Medical School she embarked on an independent research and teaching career in the Departments of Neurology and Anatomy and the Neuroscience Center at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her research was supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and concerned the survival of neurons during development, and the identification of the genes and the molecular signals used by neurons for their survival. She retired from academic science in 1999, obtained a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Denver in 2001, and is licensed as a LSW and in private practice in Boulder, CO.

Additional Resources

Cheryl’s book available Here
Nature’s Choice: What Science Reveals About the Biological Origins of Sexual Orientation
By Cheryl L Weill

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Testimonials for Nature’s Choice presentation

“The research and work that have been done by Dr. Cheryl Weill are extremely important to all of us in this world who have had such horrid misunderstandings about the development of sexual orientation. As a minister for 46 years I have watched my own United Methodist Church and so many other denominations and religious groups use serious misunderstandings to develop hardened doctrine condemning any sexual orientation that is not heterosexual. Dr. Weill’s presentations are so professional and based on such comprehensive research and scientific knowledge about this issue that I wish everyone in the world could have a chance to hear her and talk with her about this. We all recommend her as a person, as a scholar, and as a presenter. She is the very best at what she does”. –Reverend Don Sinclair, D. Min.

“As the president of a presentation skills training firm, I an writing to both endorse and recommend Dr. Cheryl Weill.
The medical and science worlds are notorious for producing public speakers that while academically brilliant, often fail to communicate in such a way that audiences can connect with them. Cheryl Weill is a refreshing exception. She knows how to shape a presentation for the ear of her listener. More than an accomplished academician, Dr. Weill has an uncommon capacity as a public speaker to reach out and relate her material to others. She is a credible, memorable speaker. The information she presents promotes the understanding of important science, and helps diminish ignorance and prejudice.” –Whit Sanders, President, SPEECH PRO

“Your presentation persuades, informs, and entertains. Consequently, your audience leaves convinced, informed, and appreciative of you. Significantly impacted by your program”. –William J. Littell, Ph.D., Clinical and Consulting Psychologist

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