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What Happens When Gay People Are Told That Homosexuality Is A Sin? | ThinkProgress

Society & Culture  (tags: LGBT rights, Human Rights, Trans Rights, conversion therapy, Orlando shootings, Conservative Christians, mental health, Gay children )

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Conservative Christians have long argued that their condemnations of homosexuality are couched in love, complete with the catchy slogan, 'love the sinner, hate the sin.' But that message - that homosexuality is a sin - is harmful in and of itself.


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Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday June 24, 2016, 6:50 pm
Countless studies have assessed the impact of various forms of stigma and discrimination against LGBT people. The negative consequences of discrimination, bullying, and family rejection are well documented, but fewer studies have actually looked at the direct effect of religious condemnations of homosexuality.

Studies on ex-gay therapy, also known as sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE), shed some light on what happens when gay people directly interact with religious beliefs that reject their identities. Often times, the people seeking SOCE are trying to reconcile who they are with their own beliefs.

In 2009, the American Psychological Association (APA) issued a comprehensive report rejecting the effectiveness of SOCE based on all available research. That report laid out numerous kinds of conflict that can arise when people are trying to reconcile their faith with their sexuality:

Some report fearing considerable shifts or losses in their core identity, role, purpose, and sense of order if they were to pursue an outward LGB identity. Some report difficulty coping with intense guilt over the failure to live a virtuous life and inability to stop committing unforgivable sins, as defined by their religion. Some struggled with their belief in God, perceiving that God was punishing or abandoning them — or would if they acted on their attractions; some expressed feelings of anger at the situation in which their God had placed them.

Quite a long article, worth reading all of it. If you care about your LGBT friends - and care about LGBT children, especially. Who can be born in ANY families...

Animae C (507)
Friday June 24, 2016, 7:33 pm
i have helped countless LGBTQI friends & acquaintances over the years.
i usually start with scientific proof;

APS Position Statement on the use of psychological practices that attempt to change sexual orientation
In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality as a disorder from their Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual II. The next iteration of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual III released in 1980
saw the introduction of ‘ego-dystonic homosexuality’. This diagnosis, which viewed the distress
experienced by some individuals who identify as homosexual as constituting a disorder, was removed
from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in 1987.

The American Psychiatric Association in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual does not consider
homosexuality or bisexuality as a disorder, and does not provide a diagnosis for individuals who may
experience distress due to social, familial or cultural views of homosexuality or bisexuality.

Despite these revisions, some organisations and individuals practicing outside the remit of professional
bodies such as the American Psychiatric Association or the Australian Psychological Society continue to
advocate for therapeutic approaches that treat homosexuality and bisexuality as disorders. These are
most commonly referred to as ‘reparative’ or ‘conversion’ therapies. Many such approaches are guided by
particular interpretations of religious texts, and these are referred to as ‘ex-gay’ ministries.
The APS strongly opposes any approach to psychological practice or research that treats
lesbians, gay men, and bisexual people as disordered. The APS also strongly opposes any
approach to psychological practice or research that attempts to change an individual’s sexual

Then i move onto LAW;

From 1 August 2013 it is unlawful to discriminate against a person on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status under federal law. Same-sex couples are now also protected from discrimination under the definition of ‘marital or relationship status’. The Commission will be able to accept complaints alleging discrimination on the new grounds that occurred on or after this date.
The Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill Act 2013 (Cth) amended the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) to introduce these changes.

Always with copious amounts of LOVE & Understanding.

Thanx BM

Past Member (0)
Friday June 24, 2016, 7:35 pm

Thanks BM,

"What Happens When Gay People Are Told That Homosexuality Is A Sin?"

"What Happens When People Are Told That Conservative Christianity Is A Sin? | They agree.


Past Member (0)
Friday June 24, 2016, 8:40 pm
Love is love. Trust your inner awareness. Thanks BMutiny.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday June 24, 2016, 9:36 pm
Some Xian pastors made EXTREMELY offensive remarks to their [no doubt cheering] congregations re the Orlando shootings.

But, Hurray for THIS!

Re-posted News Item and Link in the Care2 group, "GLBT Rights Global".

Rose Becke (141)
Friday June 24, 2016, 10:25 pm
THey shit me

Homophobia must stop

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 12:40 am
Shared to spread awareness.

A mixture of right-wing egoism, homophobia, and rigid adherence to a literalist understanding of religious text, we've arrived at this mess.

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Saturday June 25, 2016, 8:48 am

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 10:23 am
Re-posted in the Care2 group, "GLBT Rights Global".

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 12:25 pm
You need a strong support group to ensure it is not a sin. Disheartening seeing still all the homophobic crap thx. You must follow your heart--always. thx BM

Gustavo Castro Leal (101)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 1:10 pm
I think now a placement of these, even from ultraconservative segments of churches, including of one's own Catholic church, are a Bible misreading the same way as the ISIS attitude shoot the buildings top of homosexuals is a Koranic radical reading pass when the Angel Gabriel has sent three angels visit Lot in Sodom, to see three townspeople trying to rape them caused them to be thrown into the air and come down to earth in an opposite movement.

Homosexuality only becomes sin when it interferes with some interest the churches or any group that feels threatened (and here I include males who have doubts about their own masculinity) by its practitioners, who like all minority that sees excluded if forced to form a group of the society, something however that homosexuals themselves are fighting for it to end. First it is necessary to define the concept of what is to be included as sin. Sin two people who love each other because they belong to the same sex or a priest who judges and accuses them, drawing upon them the wrath of homophobic that can lead them to death?

Dawnie W (250)
Sunday June 26, 2016, 10:47 am
❤️Noted. Thanking you kindly for sharing this information❤️
💕💛ღ❤️Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💕♥L💜ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all♥💕Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❤️ღ💛💕

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday June 27, 2016, 11:12 am
Being Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, a Bigot, Misogynist, etc. can all be considered as DISEASES of the human psyche, predicated by egoism.
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