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Modern Myths about Homosexuality

BY Jim Cosgrove

February 28-March 6, 1999 Issue | Posted 2/28/99 at 2:00 PM

 

The National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality points to and counters the three major myths that surround homosexuality today.

Myth No. 1: Homosexuality is normal and biologically determined.

The facts: There is no scientific research indicating a physiological cause for homosexuality. Biological factors might play a role in the predisposition to homosexuality; however, this is also true of many other psychological conditions.

Myth No. 2: Homosexuals cannot change, and if they try, they will suffer great emotional distress and become suicidal. Therefore, treatment to change homosexuality must be stopped.

The facts: Psychotherapists around the world who treat homosexuals report that significant numbers of their clients have experienced substantial healing, through psychological therapy, spirituality, and ex-homosexual support groups. Whether leading married or committed celibate lives, many report their homosexual feelings have diminished greatly. The keys to change are desire, persistence, and a willingness to investigate the conscious and unconscious conflicts from which the condition originated. The client must realize that change comes slowly, usually over several years. The damage that has been done cannot be undone overnight.

Myth No. 3: We must teach our children that homosexuality is a lifestyle alternative equal to heterosexuality. We must also help teen-agers who have same-sex attractions to accept their homosexuality as normal.

The facts: Scientific research supports age-old cultural norms that homosexuality is not a healthy, natural alternative to heterosexuality. Homosexual attractions are, rather, a sign that deep emotional wounding has occurred. Teens in this position need love and counseling, not a push in the direction of the homosexual lifestyle, which might establish a sexual pattern which is medically risky and psychologically habit-forming.