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Is Being Gay Wrong?: No. Simple, sweet, and honest. Who we find attractive, who we love or want to love and how we want to express our love sexually is a gift of being human. In all cultures and species there is a small percentage of the population who are wired to be homosexual or homo-social. Being gay is a gift. Feeling love and wanting to be loved is one of the highest gives we can receive in our lives. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diversity-statistics: Given the amazing diversity of human beings, why would someone think that there could only be one way for people to be sexually. And if you accept that possibility, then a child develops awareness of their sexuality as they grow and this awareness is more focused when in puberty hormones are activated. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Male homosexuality is thought to be largely determined either genetically or in utero, perhaps by exposure to an abnormal concentration of maternal hormones, and basically cannot be changed. Female homosexuality seems to be somewhat more malleable and sometimes develops after failed heterosexual relationships in adulthood, and lends itself more to change by psychotherapy if desired. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
That's awesome!: You've admitted, now embrace who you are. You're still a young man with the world at your feet. Be yourself, don't hide, the worst is behind you. You'll be amazed at the acceptance from people who far exceed the few haters out there & they won't hesitate to defend you. People revere honesty. best of all you can finally have what everyone else had since high school, the freedom to pursue love. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's pretty simple: Assuming a relatively normal childhood without history of sexual experiences before puberty, at around the age of 12 or thirteen, when the other boys start noticing girls, the gay kid will start noticing boys. Sexual attraction and arousal are powerful forces in teenagers and gay males know pretty quickly what they are attracted to but are forced to repress those feelings by societal conventions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gay signs: I don't think there are reliable signs to know whether your partner is gay. But if you are concerned, you should bring up this subject directly with your partner, and have an open dialogue about it. ...Read more
No more likely: The chances of having a gay son are exactly the same for gay and straight fathers. 2% of all first sons are gay. That percentage goes up for each subsequent son born to the same mother if they are right handed. but not if left handed. This seems to indicate that sexuality is determined in utero perhaps by mom's antibodies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6zPh97qYd4 ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Born that way: It is interesting that those who say you choose that are not scientists - they are radical priests or politicians. Multiple scientific studies have shown that it is not a choice but something wired in you. There have even been studies on brain imaging to show this to be the case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Conversation: Best thing to do if you're wondering if your spouse might be gay, is to talk with him or her about it. I imagine there must be reasons that lead you to wonder. You can approach the subject in a calm moment when there's time for conversation, and share your concerns with your spouse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A diverse group: There is no community on earth, whether "majority culture" or "minority / identity group", that is free of foolishness, cruelty, or conformity pressures. The cause is (I think) a good one, but chances are you'll want to choose your friends for the activities you enjoy sharing rather than just a common sexual orientation, especially now that this is mainstream. Embrace whoever you are & be glad. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Questions like this are most easily answered by asking the same question, replacing the word "gay" with the word "straight." at some point in development, children develop an attraction toward others in a pre-sexual way and just as a child may know that the preference is towards the opposite sex, a preference for the same sex can be just as certain. It is best to avoid judgements towards children. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This is a very: Complex issue. A fascinating article is found at : www.Anthroserbia.Org/content/pdf/articles/cvorovic_islamic_homosexual.Pdf in an article entitled "islamic homosexuality" by jelena ?vorovi?. What is clear is that global statements made regarding this issue are likely to be oversimplified. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing special: Really, when you get right down to it there are no particular differences between gay people and straight people in terms of health concerns other than perhaps some subtle differences in risk factors for acquiring STDs when engaging in unprotected sex. Gay men have the same problems as straight men, gay women may have subtle advantage over straight women. The exception for both is pregnancy ...Read more
Resources: There are some resources available for familes who have gay, lesbian or bisexual children including pflag and some books on coming out to your family. Sometimes, inviting family members to a medical appointment with an affirming provider may provide a safe place to explore these issues more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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