Many people believe things about homosexuality that aren't true. Here are some questions people sometimes have.
Question: Can gays and lesbians change their sexual orientation if they really want to? Can't they get some kind of treatment?
Question: Can child abuse cause homosexuality?
Question: I have an uncle who is gay. Should I worry about letting my children stay with him? Aren't gay people more likely to be child molesters?
Question: My lesbian daughter and her partner are adopting a little girl. I wonder if they can be good parents or if my new granddaughter will grow up to be gay?
Question: I've heard that people who are bisexual change partners a lot. Is it true?
For more information, see the topics:
|Family Equality Council|
|P.O. Box 206|
|Boston, MA 02133|
Family Equality Council works to ensure equality for families with gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender members. Parenting protections, adoption, health insurance reform, safe schools, and workplace equality are some of the many issues the organization works on. Its website includes news updates and resources for families.
|GLBT National Help Center|
|2261 Market Street, PMB 296|
|San Francisco, CA 94114|
|Phone:||(415) 355-0003 office|
|Phone:||1-888-843-4564 national hotline|
|Phone:||1-800-246-7743 youth talkline
The GLBT National Help Center provides free and confidential support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and for those with questions about sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The organization offers information about GLBT issues, safer-sex info, and local resources for cities and towns across the country, as well as peer counseling for people going through a difficult time.
|PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)|
|1828 L Street NW|
|Washington, DC 20036|
PFLAG is a support, education, and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families, friends, and allies. With 200,000 members and supporters, and local affiliates in more than 500 communities across the U.S. and abroad, PFLAG is the largest grassroots-based family organization of its kind. PFLAG is a nonprofit organization and is not affiliated with any religious or political institutions.
Other Works Consulted
- American Psychological Association (2008). Answers to Your Questions: For a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Available online: http://www.apa.org/topics/sexuality/orientation.aspx.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Catherine D. Serio, PhD - Behavioral Health|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry|
|Last Revised||January 10, 2012|
Last Revised: January 10, 2012
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