Although the origin of homosexuality remains unknown, it is believed to be a result of genetic and biological factors. According to the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, being gay is “part of nature.” While it is possible for parents to try to make their children gay, such efforts have been found to be ineffective.
The term “gay” is generally used to refer to two people of the same gender who love and are in a relationship. Often, this is a collective noun, whereas usage as a singular noun is considered insulting. There are, however, some exceptions. Some people who identify as gay reject the label entirely, and refuse to be labeled as such.
The word gay originated in the late seventeenth century, when it referred to homosexual men and women. It was also used as a euphemism for prostitutes and brothels. During that time, gay was a subculture, and the word was largely restricted to that community. The term “gay” also came to mean “frivolous” or “sexy.”
While a person may be gay if they are gay, a gay person can also be heterosexual and still love a man. In some cases, they share a home and a family with someone of the opposite gender. Oftentimes, gay men and women have a lot in common with each other. They have a common interest in promoting equality and tolerance, and they may even be supportive of each other in the workplace.
Homophobia is a fear of or hatred of homosexuality, which can lead to intolerance, bigotry, and even violence against LGBTQ people. Internalized homophobia can cause depression, alienation, and even suicide. Fortunately, there are ways to counter the symptoms of homophobia and help LGBTQ people build a positive self-image.
There is no evidence to suggest that homosexuality is a pathological or mental disorder, and research has shown that there is no association between sexual orientation and psychopathology. Instead, lesbian, gay, and bisexual behaviors are normal aspects of human sexuality. In fact, mainstream medical organizations have concluded that homosexuality is normal and healthy.
In addition to understanding how to cope with discrimination and prejudice, it is important to build a supportive network of LGBTQ friends and family. Finding role models in the media and the public spheres can help people deal with the challenges that come with being LBGT. Most importantly, however, remember that the identity you have is yours.
Unfortunately, the prevalence of LGBT discrimination remains high despite a lack of federal legislation that protects LGBT people. Sadly, some parents are even denied their children due to their sexual orientation. The ACLU and other advocates for gay parents in the United States are working to make sure that these discriminatory laws are overturned.