Originally, gay was a word used to describe a person who was carefree, cheerful, and bright. Today, the term “gay” is used to describe a person who is homosexual.
Lesbians and gay men have more friends and acquaintances
Approximately one third of the sample knew at least one gay or lesbian person. Most respondents identified close friends, family, and significant others as their social acquaintances. Most also cited recreational organizations and social organizations.
The social support networks of older LGB adults are likely to be rich. They may have been built over a long period of time, or they may have been eliminated or added depending upon changing circumstances related to the acceptance of others.
The presence of a gay or lesbian person in one’s support network is a significant indicator of favorable attitudes toward that person. A person’s closeness to a gay person is strongly related to that person’s receipt of disclosure about his or her sexual orientation. The higher the number of gay or lesbian people in one’s support network, the greater the likelihood that one will have favorable attitudes.
Those with acquaintances or distant friends were about equally likely to report a disclosure experience. Those who reported more than one disclosure experience reported more favorable attitudes toward gay and lesbian men and women.
Research shows homosexuality poses a [molestation] danger to children
Whether or not homosexuality is a real danger to children remains to be seen. But the fact is that they are getting more access to them than ever before. While they may not have the same physical protections as heterosexuals, they are still prone to the same predatory impulses.
A study by the National Association on Research and Therapy of Homosexuality found that gays and lesbians are molesting children at rates that are about 8 to 12 times higher than heterosexuals. Several medical organizations have published studies that indicate that homosexuals are more likely to be involved in sexually abusive relationships than heterosexuals.
Another study by the American Psychological Association found that there is a link between childhood sexual abuse and adult pedophilia. And while homosexuals may be in danger of sexual abuse, the corresponding study by the University of Michigan and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that gays make up between 1% and 3% of the adult population of the U.S.
Myths about same-sex parenting must be harmful to children
Despite the growing body of empirically-based research that shows lesbian and gay parents to be just as capable parents as opposite-sex parents, many hard-line anti-gay organizations continue to maintain that same-sex parenting is bad for children. Some even claim that gay men molest children more than heterosexual men. Whether these myths are true or not, they have a significant impact on families.
It is important to understand how prejudice towards lesbian and gay parents works. Researchers have developed tools to measure modern prejudice and are developing public opinion data to assess its prevalence. Ultimately, policies should center on the best interests of children.
In 2002, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement that supports same-sex marriage and civil unions for same-gender couples. In 2009, the academy reaffirmed its policy. The academy also supports full adoption rights and foster care for all parents.
Research also suggests that children raised in same-sex households are better adjusted than children raised in heterosexual homes. Lesbian and gay parents tend to be less aggressive and less externalizing.
Resilience-based approach to examining sexual orientation identity among gay and bisexual male adolescents
Using a resilience-based approach, this study aims to understand the processes of sexual orientation identity development among gay and bisexual male adolescents. The focus is on developing a more comprehensive understanding of the developmental process and reducing disparities in health among the population. The review also calls for a more social justice perspective to inform future interventions.
Research on sexual orientation identity development and wellbeing has advanced in the last decade. The authors note that there is an exponential increase in research conducted on LGBTI+ youth wellbeing in the last decade. They call for increased emphasis on a more social justice perspective and broader conceptualisations of LGBTI+ youth wellbeing. This calls for greater focus on the promotive benefits of ethnic and cultural communities.
A resilience-based approach to sexual orientation identity development among gay and bisexual youth aims to identify factors that may facilitate health and wellbeing. Four primary areas were identified: interpersonal-level resilience, health-promoting cognitive processes, social-support networks and sexual activity.