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How can I help my family understand that being gay is not a disorder?

How can I help my family understand that being gay is not a disorder?

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 more

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Dr. Daniel Ziegler
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Can you tell me how I could make my family stop bringing up the fact that I'm gay or bi when I'm actually straight?

Can you tell me how I could make my family stop bringing up the fact that I'm gay or bi when I'm actually straight?

May not be possible: If this is as you describe, there's some serious pathology. LGBT still carries stigma in many circles. This may be their way of expressing disappointment for some reason, or a fixed idea from mental illness. You've told them the facts and how it hurts you. Next time, you might say, "I have no idea why my parents say this about me." Get a marketable skill fast & prepare for life on your own. ...Read more

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Did my environment cause me to be gay? Was it in my mothers womb? Genetics? How do I tell homophobic family? (I'm 19 in a tight-nit community)

Did my environment cause me to be gay? Was it in my mothers womb? Genetics? How do I tell homophobic family? (I'm 19 in a tight-nit community)

Always tough: There is no specific cause for homosexuality although genetics might play a role. It is not caused by parental misdirection nor any known ordinary influence of the environment in which you were raised. This trait is strong and not diminished by any known drug , psycho or physical treatment. The public feeling about homosexuality is becoming more tolerant - hopefullly your family can join . ...Read more

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Are there any disease that happen only to gay people?

Are there any disease that happen only to gay people?

No: However, if a person engages in promiscuous sex acts with unprotected sex, and then they are at increased risk of certain type of transmissible diseases. ...Read more

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My friend in india like show others, may be doing more. Is it a disorder and have some 40+gays as his friends, how to save him to a normal life?

Loving Each Other: You know your question implies significant prejudice and is very offensive. If you are not wise enough to know that there are truly and really people who are homosexual then the disease is yours. It is called ignorance. And, to imply that your friend who is gay cannot have a 'normal' life is rude, mean, and offensive. Perhaps you should read: "loving someone gay". This is by richard clark. ...Read more

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If a child does not understand what gay is but shows signs of being gay at first, does that make the child gay even if he or she doesn't know it?

If a child does not understand what gay is but shows signs of being gay at first, does that make the child gay even if he or she doesn't know it?

Labels are no good: Parents often know before their children that something may be different with them. That difference may not be so black and white or what they assume. It is best to watch and wonder and wait. A child needs to know that no matter what they are loved, accepted and that their parents support them no matter what. Time will tell. ...Read more

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Is aids still primarily a gay disease?

Is aids still primarily a gay disease?

No.: Despite the early description of the disease (grid) as primarily involving men who have sex with men in the United States, more than 80% of infections occur through heterosexual transmission, and over 50% of all hiv-infected people in the world are women. Mother to child remains a significant mode of transmission worldwide. (clin infect dis 2007; 44:981). ...Read more

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Is homosexuality a genetic disorder?

No.: Homosexuality may have a partially genetic basis, but it is not a disorder and not chromosomal. ...Read more

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Is homosexuality a sin and a disease?

Is homosexuality a sin and a disease?

No: Questions about the morality of homosexuality are more religious or philosophical than scientific and are clearly subjective. There is no credible science at this point suggesting that homosexuality is a disease. ...Read more

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Should homosexuality be re-classified as a lifestyle disorder?

No: Homosexuality is not a disorder. It's also not a lifestyle. For people who are gay or lesbian, being attracted to someone of the same sex is normal. It's not something that needs fixing. Years ago, homosexuality was classified as a psychiatric disorder, but this is no longer the case. Human beings have a wide range of sexual desires that are completely normal between consenting adults. ...Read more

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