Since protests, demonstrations and incessant harassment by homosexual activists motivated the American Psychological association in 1973 to modify it’s position on homosexuality, the APA has embraced several claims regarding homosexuality:
1. There is no conclusive or convincing evidence that sexual orientation may be changed through reorientation therapy.
2. Efforts to change sexual orientation are shown to be harmful and can lead to greater self-hatred, depression and other self-destructive behaviors.
3. There is no greater pathology in the homosexual population than in the general population.
Given the human capacity for self-delusion, if alcoholics decided to rise up and demand their “rights,” to demand that they are “just as good as everybody else,” and demanded that the medical community stop viewing alcoholism as a disorder, what might be the resulting medical “finding”?
1. There is no conclusive or convincing evidence that alcoholism may be changed through rehabilitation therapy.
2. Efforts to change alcoholism are shown to be harmful and can lead to greater self-hatred, depression and other self-destructive behaviors.
3. There is no greater pathology in the alcoholic population than in the general population.
After all, many of the dynamics, thought processes and behaviors of homosexuality are very similar to those of alcoholism and other self-destructive behavioral patterns. Rehabilitation efforts for alcoholics (and drug abusers) often involve periods of great depression as the subject can no longer rely on the behavior which gave them comfort. Facing responsibility for their alcoholism can lead to periods of self-hatred and loathing, and can even lead to more dangerous relapses later on.
Also, given that the recovery rate for former homosexuals is better than that than that of alcoholics or drug users, the case could easily made that “There is no conclusive or convincing evidence that alcoholism may be changed through rehabilitation therapy.”
And since many homosexual activists (and even many in the medical community) are so adept at ignoring the tremendous health risks associated with homosexual behavior, it should be at least as easy to ignore pathologies allegedly related to alcoholism.
It would be insane to make such assertions regarding drug and alcohol use, wouldn’t it?
Perhaps that is why the APA is beginning to face the music and modify its pro-homosexual stance even if only slightly.
In March the APA published an updated brochure on homosexuality. While the previous information put out by the APA had referred to biology and genetic causes of homosexuality (even though no such evidence existed), this one took a notably less sure tone about allegedly biological causes of homosexuality:
…no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles…
The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality recently reviewed 125 years of reports by clinicians, researchers, and former clients and found that reorientation therapy has been beneficial for those who want it.
Like anything designed to help a person, the subject has to want to change before help can prove beneficial. But not wanting to change in no way invalidates the benefit of help for those who do want to change.
You can read more about this historic study here.