Samtökin 78, the National Queer Association in Iceland, has rejected a request from deCODE genetics for cooperation on a genetic study on sexual orientation.
María Helga Guðmundsdóttir, head of Samtökin 78, told Fréttablaðið that the conclusion of their general meeting on Saturday was that such a study would work against the association’s goal, which is to guard the interests and rights of the LGBT community. There is an overwhelming likelihood, she said, that the conclusion of the study would be used against them, even though that’s not the case in Iceland.
“There are still 74 nations in the world where being gay or lesbian is against the law, and in some countries punishable by death. Making it possible to group people genetically based on sexual orientation would create knowledge which is indeed an instrument of power, potentially usable against the LGTB community.”
Kári Stefánsson, head of deCODE genetics stated that given this position, the study would not procede. He added that the association‘s position would be respected.