Common Misconceptions Concerning Homosexuality
1. Homosexuality is unnatural!
Even if you do consider it unnatural, which it isn’t, is it any more so than circumcision? Nature intended human males to have foreskins, but humans cut them off artificially.
Actually, homosexual behaviour has been identified in over 1500 animal species. Remember that sex is not just a mean for procreation, but is also a widely used in the animal kingdom for social interactions. Hyenas, for instance, engage in anal intercourse to exert dominance over the other. The male cuttlefish “pseudo-mates” with another male to eliminate competition for the female. It is not bizarre at all that homosexuality is present among humans as well.
2. Homosexuality is a mental disorder!
There are two organizations in the world whose recommendations, as far as psychiatric medicine is concerned, are followed globally: The World Health Organization (WHO); and the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Neither of these organizations classify homosexuality as a psychiatric illness. APA, which removed homosexuality from the list of mental disorders back in 1973, has called this phenomenon, “a normal, behavioral variation”.
Almost every activity in the world is associated with an increased risk of some disorder. You wouldn’t call candy immoral because of its potential to cause or exacerbate diabetes, which is a far greater health concern for the world today than HIV. You wouldn’t say that bird flu is “God’s wrath” upon those who eat chicken. Why then lash out against homosexuality for the increased risk of transmitting certain STD’s? The answer to this problem lies in promoting safe sex. Attempting to eliminate homosexuality as a way to contain the spread of STD’s is not only impractical, but cruel and unnatural.
4. Homosexuality can be cured!
As I pointed out earlier, homosexuality is not classified as a disease by either of the two largest medical organizations pertinent to psychiatry. There is no point in “curing” that which isn’t a disease in the first place. It’s like attempting to cure your love for the colour blue, or your admiration for Rush Limbaugh.Many religious people have attempted to sell socially admonished homosexuals an imaginary cure for this imaginary disease. Leading psychiatrists claim that homosexuality, being a natural, biological instinct, cannot be artificially altered. The most that these “cures” can accomplish is teach gay people not to act out on these instincts. A famous attempt at curing homosexuality by popular sexologists William Masters and Virginia Johnson ended with great embarrassment for the two when it turned out that Masters had been manipulating the study data.