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Is being gay as healthy as being straight? 

In the 1950’s, Dr. Evelyn Hooker studied 30 homosexual males and 30 heterosexual males recruited through community organizations. The two groups were matched for age, IQ, and education. None of the men were in therapy at the time of the study. Dr. Hooker administered three projective tests, which measure people’s patterns of thoughts, attitudes, and emotions–the Rorschach, in which […]

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What about therapy intended to change sexual orientation from gay to straight? 

All major national mental health organizations have officially expressed concerns about therapies promoted to modify sexual orientation. To date, there has been no scientifically adequate research to show that therapy aimed at changing sexual orientation (sometimes called reparative or conversion therapy) is safe or effective. Furthermore, it seems likely that the promotion of change therapies reinforces stereotypes and contributes to […]

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Is homosexuality a mental disorder? 

No, lesbian, gay, and bisexual orientations are not disorders. Research has found no inherent association between any of these sexual orientations and psychopathology. Both heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Both have been documented in many different cultures and historical eras. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as […]

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What is the psychological impact of prejudice and discrimination?

The widespread prejudice, discrimination, and violence to which lesbians and gay men are often subjected are significant mental health concerns. Sexual prejudice, sexual orientation discrimination, and antigay violence are major sources of stress for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. Although social support is crucial in coping with stress, antigay attitudes and discrimination may make it difficult for lesbian, gay, […]

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Does queer theology square with a comprehensive overview of the scriptures references to Sodom and homosexuality?

As “queer theologians” themselves admit, “any” arguments they have made in favor of Scriptural commendation of homosexuality have been extrapolated “from silence.”However, it must be observed that interpreting Scripture’s “silence” about homosexuality to mean all negative references to homosexuality are not about homosexuality per se, and that Jesus must have approved of homosexuality because he is not reported […]

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What challenges do people with intersex conditions and their families face? 

Intersex conditions discovered later in life often become apparent in early adolescence. Delayed or absent signs of puberty may be the first indication that an intersex condition exists. For example, complete androgen insensitivity may first become apparent when Intersex conditions, whether discovered at birth or later in life, can be very challenging for affected persons and their families. Medical […]

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Do intersex conditions affect sexual orientation? 

Most people with intersex conditions grow up to be heterosexual, but persons with some specific intersex conditions seem to have an increased likelihood of growing up to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual adults. Even so, most individuals with these specific conditions also grow up to be heterosexual.

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Are persons with intersex conditions likely to display behaviors or interests that are atypical for persons of their assigned sex?

This appears to be true for some intersex conditions. For example, girls with congenital adrenal hyperplasia are somewhat more likely to be tomboys than girls without an intersex condition. Persons with many other intersex conditions appear to be no more likely to have gender-atypical behaviors or interests than anyone else. Sometimes parents or care providers worry that genderatypical […]

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What happens when an intersex condition is discovered later in life? 

Intersex conditions discovered later in life often become apparent in early adolescence. Delayed or absent signs of puberty may be the first indication that an intersex condition exists. For example, a girl does not menstruate. Medical treatment is sometimes necessary to help development proceed as normally as possible; for some conditions, surgical treatment may be recommended. Many intersex conditions discovered […]

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