I have been doing some research on almost everything concerning HOMOSEXUALITY as this TERM is still being misunderstood and SENSITIVE topic here in South Africa and abroad. Let me share with you what I found.
IS HOMOSEXUALITY A MENTAL DISORDER?
No, lesbian, gay, and bisexual orientations are not disorders. Research has found no inherent association between any of these sexual orientations and psycho pathology. Both heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Both have been documented in many different CULTURES and historical eras.
Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in all the nations to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual relationships are normal forms of human bonding. Therefore, these mainstream organizations long ago abandoned classifications of homosexuality as a mental disorder.
HOW DO PEOPLE KNOW IF THEY ARE GAY, LESBIAN OR BISEXUAL?
According to current scientific and professional understanding, the core attractions that form the basis for adult sexual orientation typically emerge between middle childhood and early adolescence. These patterns of emotional, romantic, and sexual attraction may arise without any prior sexual experience. People can be celibate and still know their sexual orientation-–be it lesbian, gay, bisexual, or heterosexual.
Different lesbian, gay, and bisexual people have very different experiences regarding their sexual orientation. Some people know that they are lesbian, gay, or bisexual for a long time before they actually pursue relationships with other people. Some people engage in sexual activity (with same-sex and/or other-sex partners) before assigning a clear label to their sexual orientation. Prejudice and discrimination make it difficult for many people to come to terms with their sexual orientation identities, so claiming a lesbian, gay, or bisexual identity may be a slow process.
COMING OUT THE CLOSET!
Coming out (of the closet) is a phrase referring to one’s disclosure of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and is described and experienced variously as a psychological process or journey. Generally, coming out is described in THREE phases.
•The first phase is that of “knowing oneself”, and the realization emerges that one is open to same-sex relations. This is often described as an internal coming out.
•The second phase involves one’s decision to come out to others, e.g. family, friends, or colleagues.
•The third phase more generally involves living openly as an LGBT person. In the United States today, people often come out during high school or college age. At this age, they may not trust or ask for help from others, especially when their orientation is not accepted in society. Sometimes their own families are not even informed.
Coming out is often an important psychological step for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. feeling positively about one’s sexual orientation and integrating it into one’s life fosters greater well-being and mental health. This integration often involves disclosing one’s identity to others; it may also entail participating in the gay community. Being able to discuss one’s sexual orientation with others also increases the availability of SOCIAL SUPPORT, which is crucial to mental health and psychological well-being.
Like heterosexuals, lesbians, gay men, and bisexual people benefit from being able to SHARE their lives with and receive SUPPORT from family, friends, and acquaintances.
Thus, it is not surprising that lesbians and gay men who feel they must conceal their sexual orientation report more frequent mental health concerns than do lesbians and gay men who are more open; they may even have more physical health problems.
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