No scientific basis to idea that homosexuality causes psychological harm, researchers emphsize

September 24, 2012
No scientific basis to idea that homosexuality causes psychological harm, researchers emphsize
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(Medical Xpress)—Academic staff in the Research School of Psychology at The Australian National University have strongly rejected the view reported in the media today that homosexuality carries with it psychological or biological harm.

School Director Professor Don Byrne said there is no scientific evidence at all to support this proposition.

"Modern psychology has moved well beyond the ideas of the past that homosexuality represents deviance, psychological abnormality or mental illness," he said.

"As a society we have accepted for some time now that homosexuality constitutes a completely legitimate, normal and accepted .

"People with gay, lesbian or trans-gender orientations make the same important contributions to our society as those who are heterosexual, and they have done so throughout history.

"There is no evidence that confers any degree of psychological or biological abnormality whatsoever."

Professor Byrne said he and his highly qualified and internationally recognised colleagues at the University were not taking a religious or moral view on the question of homosexuality - rather they were seeking to correct the misrepresentation of current .

"There is now some evidence to suggest an elevated rate of among people with a homosexual preference," he said

"But from a psychological perspective, isolated instances of distress are most likely explained by the alienation, vilification and rejection which have so unfortunately and wrongly attended homosexuality in the past."

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ArtflDgr
2.2 / 5 (5) Sep 24, 2012
"There is no evidence that sexual orientation confers any degree of psychological or biological abnormality whatsoever."

British homosexuals 'seven times more likely to take illegal drugs than general population'
The report, conducted by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) and the University of Central Lancashire, sampled more than 4,000 people over two years.

The study, reported in the Independent on Sunday, found they were 10 times more likely to have used cocaine in the last month than the wider population, and 13 times more likely to have used ketamine.

The use of heroin use was similar among both populations. However crack cocaine use was again higher among the gay community.

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JRDarby
2.3 / 5 (3) Sep 24, 2012
British homosexuals 'seven times more likely to take illegal drugs than general population'
The report, conducted by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) and the University of Central Lancashire, sampled more than 4,000 people over two years.


Biology, meet culture. Did you know that there is a connection between substance abuse, suicide, and depression? Did you know that there is a further connection between depression and marginalization and discrimination? Did you moreover know that many homosexuals endure this marginalization and discrimination on a regular basis?

Before you stupidly jump to conclusions about biological "abnormalities," try looking at the cultural connection first, starting with your own disposition to those different than you.
julianpenrod
1.8 / 5 (4) Sep 25, 2012
Any "pont" that needs illegitimate "validation" is not valid. Why do they need to display a picxture of a brain coral for the article? Usually, the illustrations have something to do with the subject. Why not at least a\have a picture of a brain model? They are doing the due diligence necessary to keep God from descending in wrath no human activity has resembled, telegraphing that the article is a fraud by using a brain coral for the illustration.
Note, too, the fact that the title and the subject disagree with each other. The title asserts that homosexuality doesn't cause mental damage and, the fact of the matter is, even opponents of homosexuality don't say that homosexuality necessarily damages brain tissue! They say, in general, that homosexuality comes from a twisted and deviate psychological structure at least largely dependent on the individual's choice and preferences.
julianpenrod
1 / 5 (1) Sep 25, 2012
And note JRDarby's dutiful doggerel defending massive drug use by gays, chalking it up to the results of "marginalization" and "discrimination". Are rock stars "discriminated against"? Are movie stars "marginalized"? In fact, homosexuals were never so "discriminated against", it's just another politically motivated lie. They always had a mutually inclusive community that was always accepted readily by the obscenely rich who appreciate individuals who will engage in any form of sex and can't get pregnant. And if drug use comes from "discrimination", why is it continuing today when so much general acceptance is extolled?
julianpenrod
2.3 / 5 (3) Sep 25, 2012
And, note, is a discussion necessarily trustworthy if it denies the use of terminology associated with the subject because that terminology is vulgarly evocative even though true? The comment just before this I tried placing three times. Twice it didn't even load. That was because it contained a term that is associated with gays but, apparently, the facts associated with that term are so foul, it would, rightly, tilt the argument against them! So, in their depraved version of "fairness", they don't want all the fazcts of their deviance to be allowed to be used in the discussion of their deviance. And that is all but inherently related to deceit.
kochevnik
1 / 5 (1) Sep 30, 2012
@julianpenrod They say, in general, that homosexuality comes from a twisted and deviate psychological structure at least largely dependent on the individual's choice and preferences.
That from a guy who would let someone break into his home and rape his family so long as he wasn't forced to shoot a gun. Typical christ psychotic.
marble89
1 / 5 (1) Sep 30, 2012
The way I look at it is that "homosexuality" is a general "symptom" of many completely unrelated causes. That would explain why it is so difficult to find a common denominator. There isn't one.
Sort of like trying to find a common cause of why people prefer to sleep on their right or left side. Lots of different unrelated reasons.

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