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Transcript of Homosexuality
It is a lot easier to state what homosexuality is not. Despite all the controversy regarding homosexuality, it is not: a genetic defect, a hormonal imbalance, a mental illness, or a result of demonic possession.
Homosexuality means that men are sexually and emotionally attracted to men, and women are sexually and emotionally attracted to women. Orientation
vs. Activity People often cannot distinguish the difference between homosexual orientation and activity. Society thinks of all homosexuals to be sexually active who do not control their behavior. “A true desire or physical attraction to people of the same sex.”
Nobody knows how somebody’s homosexual orientation came to be. Were they born with it? Were they influenced to be this way? Did they just obtain homosexuality at a random point in their life?
Can this be changed? Homosexual Orientation: “Participation in genital sexual activity with someone of the same sex.” It is done intentionally and freely. Homosexual Activity: How Does Homosexuality Happen? Homosexuality happens through a complex combination of shaping factors and personal choices. Many homosexuals feel that they have been “different” from a very early age, and feel that they have been “born gay.” Although it may seem like scientists have come up with genetic proof, there is still no evidence that homosexuality is hereditary. People believe that some homosexuals chose to be that way. For most homosexuals, this is not true. They did not wake up one morning thinking “well, so far in my life I've been straight; from now on I think I am going to be gay.” Of course, whether being gay or straight, we always have a choice of what we do; however, changing one’s sexual orientation is not something that can be done instantly. Homosexuality can also be influenced by something that has greatly affected their life. They may have been hurt emotionally and it may affect the way they feel about themselves. They may have been sexually abused or had a broken relationship with someone. Over time, and depending on the help or lack of help they were given, what other things they’ve experienced, the choices they made in response, and so on, they became attracted to people of the same sex. What the Catholic
Church Teaches Leviticus 18:22 - You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. Leviticus 20:13 - If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their blood guiltiness is upon them. Corinthians 6:9 (NAB) - Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. The church believes that the purpose of sexuality is to get married and bring new life into the world through family. Therefore, to use sexuality in a way where bringing new life into the world is not possible (ie, homosexuality) is morally wrong. Genital sexual behavior between two people of the same sex is considered a misuse by the church. The church believes that homosexual activity is a sin, simply because those who are involved in homosexual activity freely choose to do so. Rights and
Responsibilities Although the church may disagree with homosexuality in specific situations, the church believes that his/her existence is as much a sign of God’s love as every other person’s existence. Because every human has worth and dignity, the church teaches that homosexuals have rights as well. Any violence, rejection or hatred directed towards homosexuals is wrong. The church teaches homosexuals to practice chastity, but the church also teaches everyone to practice chastity according to their circumstances. The church encourages homosexuals to repent for the sinfulness of their life, but the church also tells everyone to repent for our sins. So why is homosexuality such a tough issue? Homosexual Households As of 1990, an estimated 6-14 million
children have a gay or lesbian parent. Between 8 and 10 million children are being raised in gay or lesbian households. (foster care) There have been various studies based on whether a child with homosexual parents will become gay, but according to the odds of a child becoming a homosexual, it is about the same as the odds of a child becoming heterosexual- no matter what the parents’ sexual orientation. In general, kids in both heterosexual and lesbian households had similar levels of academic achievement, number of friends and overall well-being. Compared with heterosexual couples, reviews showed that on average, two mothers tended to play with their children more and were less likely to use physical discipline. For thousands of years and in every Western society marriage has meant the life-long union of a man and a woman. Any other arrangement goes against the basic definition. Homosexual Stereotypes There are many stereotypes about gay men. For many people, the only exposure to homosexuality is through the media or word-of-mouth. Unfortunately, this is how many stereotypes are spread and homophobia is developed. “It’s just a phase” Thousands of gay men have attempted to get rid of their homosexual feelings, but most of these attempts at living a heterosexual lifestyle only further strengthen homosexual feelings. “All gay men will be diagnosed with AIDS” Though the source of the disease hasn't been traced, AIDS is not just a gay disease; those have been false rumors spreading around since the 80’s. “Gay men are only concerned with sex” Often, people associate gay men with sexual addiction; however, the majority of gay individuals are no more sexually active than heterosexuals. “All gay men are feminine” The belief that all gay men want to be women or are feminine is false; this only applies to 15% of homosexual men. Masculine women with short haircuts and deeper voices must be lesbians is also false; this only applies to 5% of homosexual women. Homophobic Bullying A new study shows that adolescent homosexuals get bullied two to three times more than their heterosexual peers. What distinguishes it from other forms of bullying is the language that is used. Words like “queer” and “faggot” and “dyke” have been used abusively for many years. In our society today, “gay” is now used as a derogatory adjective to describe objects and people that may have no connection whatsoever with homosexuality. Even very young children, who do not understand what homosexuality is, may be encouraged to indulge in homophobic behaviour, such as bullying. Identifying people as being different because of their gender orientation may be a convenient excuse for isolating and persecuting them. Fear may also be a motivation - as the word “homophobic” suggests. This can be a fear of the unknown, a fear of someone who is perceived to be different, or a fear which is based on uncertainty about the nature of their own developing sexuality. Suicide Suicide rates among L.G.B.T. teens are four times
the rate of their straight peers.