FROM  ONE  OF  MY  READERS:


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With what we know now, I think this also needs to be said:


There are many who identify as being homosexuals who claim that they never remember having any heterosexual tendencies in their lives.  They ask the question, "Why would I choose to be gay?"  This is a red herring to be sure, since the question that should be asked is, "Did I choose to be gay?"  It's important to define what is meant by choice.


It's rather uncommon, if not altogether impossible, for someone to wake up one day and say, "I think that I will be a homosexual" and lose all heterosexual inclinations.  Choices are often blind and incremental, and many unconscious choices may be made that eventually result in homosexual feelings by the time a person is able to feel arousal.  Thus, it is possible that it's true that some people can't ever remember feeling heterosexual while it can also be true that their orientation is by choice.  


The environment has a lot to do with how a person's sexual identity develops.  We need to be sensitive to these peoples' claims and acknowledge that they may be telling the truth.  Maybe they never remember having sexual feelings other than what they've described.  At the same time, this doesn't mean that choice wasn't involved.  Choices can be made consciously and they can also be made unknowingly.  This may not sound logical, but psychology has established that this happens.


Now that choice is better defined, what about change?  If people don't suddenly and completely receive homosexual impulses, then it isn't realistic for them to suddenly and completely experience only heterosexual ones.  This is why many mock the idea of a gay "cure", and they also mock the therapy groups that attempt to provide treatment.


What should we make of this?


First, the dichotomy involves the logical fallacy of the false dilemma, or an either/or situation.  The popular portrayal of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) is either A) instantaneous and complete transformation or B) no change at all.  However, change is multifaceted.  In terms of homosexual impulses, the change(s) could involve:


1. Complete change from homosexual to heterosexual inclinations

2. Decline in homosexual inclinations

3. Decline in homosexual inclinations with the experience of some heterosexual inclinations

4. No decline in homosexual inclinations, but abstention from engagement in homosexual practices


The word "cure" is used pejoratively by homosexual advocates in defense of their ideology, but as noted above, that is not necessarily what SOCE involves.  Treatment can be administered without a cure taking place.


This is why Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) doesn't include the word "cure" in its diagnoses.  There is no cure for alcoholics, and so they don't measure success by ridding people completely of inclinations to become intoxicated.  Success to them involves a reduction in the tendencies among alcoholics to become drunk.  It would be insulting to the hard work of people who have worked hard to help people with alcohol addictions by making fun of them for suggesting that they had a cure for the people they try to treat.


Also, one statistic I've read didn't even place AA's success rate in the forty percentile range. This is because, like homosexual inclinations, alcoholism can be difficult to treat. This doesn't mean that it's impossible to treat people or that AA is scamming people.  It's also wrong to suggest that the people providing therapy to those with homosexual impulses are guilty of snake oil chicanery.


Reparative therapy is a term used pejoratively in the media, and some states have banned it.  To be fair, there have been efforts at "therapy" involving electroshock and pornography to change people from gay to straight, but there is also genuine therapeutic treatment.  A challenge for the future is going to be convincing people that change is possible with the media misrepresenting SOCE, either by claiming that it's impossible to change or by only mentioning the charlatans.  END QUOTE

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CERTAINLY  PEOPLE  AND  THE  MEDIA  HAVE  PUT  ON  A   MIND-SET  THAT  LOOKS  AT  SEXUALITY  TOWARDS  THE  SAME  SEX  AS  BEING  THE  WAY  YOU  ARE  MADE;  THE  WAY  YOUR  GENES  HAVE  LINED  UP  AS  YOU  WERE  CONCEIVED  IN  THE  WOMB.  OR  THAT  YOUR  SEX  HORMONES  WHEN  THEY  “KICKED  IN”  AT  PUBERTY,  KICKED  IN,  IN  A  FORMATION  THAT  LINED  UP  WITH  HOMOSEXUAL  OR  LESBIAN  SEX  CODES  IN  THEM,  THAT  BRANDED  YOU  AS  EITHER  “STRAIGHT” OR  “HOMOSEXUAL”  OR  “LESBIAN.”  AND  THEN  YOU  COULD  DO  NOTHING  ABOUT  IT—— THAT  MANY  WANT  TO  SAY,  WAS  THE  BRAND  YOU  WERE  GIVEN,  ACCEPT  IT,  END  OF  STORY.  


THE  BIBLE  TEACHES  NO  SUCH  THEOLOGY;  AND  NOW  MANY  MANY  STUDIES  PROVE  THIS  IDEA  OF  BEING  BORN  THAT  WAY,  TO  BE  FALSE  AND  TO  BE  JUST  BAD  SCIENCE.


THE  READER  WHO  WROTE  WHAT  I  HAVE  POSTED  ABOVE,  TELLS  ME  THERE  ARE  LONG  AND  DETAILED  STUDIES  ON  THIS  MATTER,  BEARING  OUT  WHAT  I  HAVE  BROUGHT  YOU,  IN  JUST  TWO  RELATIVELY  SHORT  STUDIES  ON  THIS  TOPIC.


Keith Hunt