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Ten Myths of Homosexuality

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 21:55
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Ten Myths of Homosexuality

I don’t think there is an issue more dominated by ill-informed opinion rather than facts.

The homosexual movement is built, not on facts 
or research, but on mythology. Unfortunately, 
these myths have come to be widely accepted in 
society—particularly in schools, universities and 
the media. It is our hope that by understanding 
what these key myths are—and then reading a 
brief summary of the evidence against them—
the reader will be empowered to challenge these 
myths when he or she encounters them. Be kind.

Myth No. 1:
People are born gay.

Fact:
The research does not show that anyone is “born 
gay,” and suggests instead that homosexuality 
results from a complex mix of developmental 
factors.

Myth No. 2:
Sexual orientation can never change.

Fact: 
Thousands of men and women have testified to 
experiencing a change in their sexual orientation 
from homosexual to heterosexual. Research 
confirms that such change does occur—
sometimes spontaneously, and sometimes as 
a result of therapeutic interventions.

Myth No. 3: 
Efforts to change someone’s sexual orientation 
from homosexual to heterosexual are harmful and 
unethical.

Fact : 
There is no scientific evidence that change efforts 
create greater harm than the homosexual lifestyle 
itself. The real ethical violation is when clients 
are denied the opportunity to set their own goals 
for therapy.

Myth No. 4: 
Ten percent of the population is gay.

Fact: 
Less than three percent of American adults 
identify themselves as homosexual or bisexual.

Myth No. 5: 
Homosexuals do not experience a higher level of 
psychological disorders than heterosexuals.

Fact : 
Homosexuals experience considerably higher 
levels of mental illness and substance abuse than 
heterosexuals. A detailed review of the research 
has shown that “no other group of comparable 
size in society experiences such intense and 
widespread pathology.”

Myth No. 6: 
Homosexual conduct is not harmful to one’s 
physical health.

Fact: 
Both because of high-risk behavior patterns, 
such as sexual promiscuity, and because of 
the harm to the body from specific sexual 
acts, homosexuals are at greater risk than 
heterosexuals for sexually transmitted diseases 
and other forms of illness and injury

Myth No. 7: 
Children raised by homosexuals are no different 
from children raised by heterosexuals, nor do they 
suffer harm.

Fact: 
An overwhelming body of social science 
research shows that children do best when 
raised by their own biological mother and father 
who are committed to one another in a lifelong 
marriage. Research specifically on children 
of homosexuals has major methodological 
problems, but does show specific differences.

Myth No. 8:
Homosexuals are no more likely to molest
children than heterosexuals.

Fact:
The percentage of child sexual abuse cases in
which men molest boys is many times higher
than the percentage of adult males who are
homosexual, and most men who molest boys
self-identify as homosexual or bisexual.

Myth No. 9: 
Homosexuals are seriously disadvantaged by 
discrimination.

Fact: 
Research shows that homosexuals actually 
have significantly higher levels of educational 
attainment than the general public, while 
the findings on homosexual incomes are, at 
worst, mixed.

Myth No. 10: 
Homosexual relationships are just the same as 
heterosexual ones, except for the gender of the 
partners.

Fact:
Homosexuals are less likely to enter into 
a committed relationship, less likely to be 
sexually faithful to a partner, even if they have 
one, and are less likely to remain committed 
for a lifetime, than are heterosexuals. They also 
experience higher rates of domestic violence 
than heterosexual married couples.

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