myths and misconceptions about homosexuality



The answers to these points are brief but they are backed up by hard research findings.

People wanting to substantiate these answers further should read the book My Genes Made Me Do It - Homosexuality and the Scientific Evidence available from this website.

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No academic would agree. Numerous surveys in many countries show that (including bisexuals) gays are 2-3% of the population and lesbians are 1-2%.
Gay relationships last 4.5 years (+ or -2) for both gays and lesbians, whereas in the divorce-prone US a heterosexual couple has nearly an even chance of reaching their silver wedding anniversary (25y).
Both gays and lesbians have 3-4 times as many partners as heterosexuals (comparison of medians). (Some people say this is extreme, some don't.)
A good rule of thumb is they have 3 times as many problems. All are prone to suicide attempts. Otherwise problems are mostly depression and other mood disorders for men and substance abuse problems for women, though there are many others.
Very little evidence has been found for this. Whether in tolerant and accepting environments or in intolerant ones, the incidence and type of psychological problems remain about the same.
From six studies (2000-2011): if an identical twin has same-sex attraction the chances that the co-twin has it too are only about 11% for men and 14% for women. This means that factors the twins have in common, such as genes and upbringing are mostly not responsible – individual and idiosyncratic responses to random events and to common environmental factors predominate.
The mean age of first same-sex attraction is 10 and two thirds of the ages of first attraction are in the range 6-14 years. It is therefore highly atypical that same sex attraction is an earliest memory. What are probably being remembered are early longings to feel part of their gender group probably emanating from feelings of insecurity and difference.
There can be little informed, responsible choice involved if first attraction is about age 10. At that age no-one chooses lifetime sexual orientation or lifestyle in any usual sense. SSA is discovered to exist in oneself rather than chosen.
Some same-sex attracted people do, being able to trace it to reactions to breakdowns in family relationships, exclusion from same sex peer groups, early experiences of sexual abuse, porn. Others are not used to thinking about predisposing circumstances and have no idea how their homosexual orientation developed – just as most heterosexuals have no idea how they became heterosexual. There are many paths, each relatively minor in the overall picture, but very important to those individuals whom they affect.
Neutral academic surveys show there is substantial change. About half of the homosexual/bisexual population (in a non-therapeutic environment) moves towards heterosexuality over a lifetime. About 3% of the present heterosexual population once firmly believed themselves to be homosexual or bisexual. Sexual orientation is not set in concrete.
In the West today, 98% of today’s teens who believe they are homosexual at 16 will believe they are heterosexual one year later. It is irresponsible to offer gay affirmative counselling to teens on the grounds that the homosexual orientation is intrinsic and fixed.
The best longitudinal study (backed up by many others) shows most people change to some extent - from slightly to 100%. Positive and negative effects are typical of outcomes for most other therapies. Re-orientation therapies also decrease depression, and substance abuse.
Male gay sex is medically risky. Surveys put the number of practising gay/bisexual men who are married at about 15%, putting wives at risk. Sexual activity (gay or straight) outside long-term, faithful relationships impacts society in numerous costly ways.