Is This Normal? Homosexuality

Written by: Ann O'Neill

Yes, homosexuality is normal.

Homosexuality was declassified in 1973 by The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the definitive reference book used by the American Psychological Association.  Prior to 1973, mental health professionals were actively working to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. Freud, who had previously attributed homosexuality to castration anxiety, maternal over-attachment, and jealousy of brothers and fathers realized at the end of his career that “homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is nothing to be ashamed of, no vice, no degradation; it cannot be classified as an illness…” in a 1935 letter to a mother who wanted him to treat her homosexual son.

Homosexuality has been a documented part of human sexuality since ancient times.  Research has consistently shown that homosexuals are as highly functioning as heterosexuals.  There’s no scientific evidence that positively correlates homosexuality with pedophilia or psychopathology, or states that it’s a result of mental illness or a dysfunctional childhood.

Homosexuality isn’t a choice or a lifestyle.  Newer research confirms genetic and environmental factors determine both heterosexual and homosexual orientations.  Gays and lesbians, like heterosexuals, know their sexual identities from a very young age. But because of the extreme prejudice, some gays and lesbians resist embracing their identities, or some choose not to disclose their sexual identities.

Indeed, the decision to “come out” is daunting and on many levels, dangerous.  Gays and lesbians who disclose their sexual identities will likely lose their religions and some family members.  They will face workplace discrimination, and if they decide to have children, their children will almost certainly be bullied for having gay parents. It’s an oppressive price to pay for being honest.

In my experience, there’s more in common between homosexual couples and heterosexual couples than most think. There’s a perception that homosexual couples are at home or in nightclubs swinging from chandeliers.  This isn’t the case. Sex, in any relationship, is a small but an important part. There’s much more to relationships than sex.  Homosexual couples struggle with the same issues that heterosexual couples struggle with – money, children, and keeping their relationships strong.  The similarities between heterosexuals and homosexuals far outweigh the differences.

Homosexuality is normal.  Coming to terms and embracing your identity whether homosexual or heterosexual is good health.

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