No offence, but my opinion is homosexuality is psychological. I'm straight turned from homosexual, it all happened accidentally. I went through the studies, none had a proof that it's genetic. I've only one explanation to what happened with me & i.e. homosexuality is psychological.
I was going to be particularly scathing and probably offensive to you with my initial reply, but a quick look at your profile may has tempered my response somewhat now I have seen where you are from and how old you are.
You say in some of your replies that you do not want homosexuality to become mainstream in case it becomes normal and people are 'encouraged' to be homosexual. This appears to me to be a very nieve view that has been implanted by your social norms. People don't become homosexual because it accepted as normal. People come out as homosexual (or bisexual) because they feel safe to. Gay pride and other parades raise awareness and challenge the stereotyped perceptions of those less educated. In Europe, public perception has been changing over the years and there is less discrimination against LGBT groups year on year. There is still a long way to go, there are still people out there that think you can catch homosexuality or that it is a choice. Until we live in a world where people have equal rights under the law and are treated by their peers as equals, then marches and demos to bring this inequality into the mainstream must continue.
You are 19 years old and probably still exploring your sexuality. You live in a country where I believe the rights of the LGBT community are still in their infancy and culturally unacceptable - certainly if you were further north in Pakistan. Without protests and marches, women still wouldn't have the vote - feminism has been around for far longer and women still struggle to be treated as equals. Could you vote for No discrimination against women - but it shouldn't be in the mainstream?
Hang around the forum, listen to the sane and the crazy, and look at alternative sources for evidence. And keep asking questions.
First, a personal anecdotal experience always proves nothing. If you want my personal experience, 99 % of the men I meet have wives or girlfriends.
Secondly, who cares if it is genetic or not. We are not sure as to the biological causes. Even if it was just my choice, so what! i can choose to do whatever I want in life, and that includes sex.
Third, your claim of psychological and the numerous attempts from religious groups and psychologists and psychiatrists from past history, to "convert" gay people, has lead to numerous suicides and life long trauma.
Fourth, claims such as yours lead to violence against LGBT people. Bigots will use the idea that LGBT people can change, to hurt and kill us. I'll never forget in NY years ago, gay people were shot in a bar. As they carried one man out and was putting him in the ambulance, before he died, his last words were, "Oh no, now my family will find out."
And lastly, I have not only worked with many species of animals most of my life, but scientific research has shown that homosexuality exists in many thousands of species, even insects. Scientific studies also show that many of those who are homophobic, or who make wild claims such as yours, are closet cases, which most of us have always known anyway.
My life is not up for debate and is not dependent on your approval. You can only kick a dog so many times before it either dies, or turns on you.
And for anyone stupid enough to vote that homosexuality should not be in the mainstream, we are everywhere. We are your doctor, your teacher, your neighbor, and your old unmarried auntie who has that "special" friend, providing each other with "companionship."
Genetics may or may not play a role — that remains undetermined, as I understand it — but it's been established that the mother's hormones and antibodies play a significant role in male homosexuality. (I forget the specifics, but the gist is that her body sees male fetuses as a foreign body and produces antibodies that result in neutralizing the testosterone, and the more boys she has the greater the chances that each subsequent one will be gay.) My question for you is what prompted you to subject yourself to conversion therapy? If you don't believe in God or religion, why undergo treatment? For something you wouldn't have considered sinful? And even if it we're psychological, what is your objection to others being gay? Why does that matter to you? For what it's worth, psychologists consider conversion therapy dangerous and ineffective, and even many practitioners of conversion therapy admit that it doesn't actually change orientation but rather they claim that it helps control/suppress the behavior associated with the orientation. I would be interested in learning more about the research/study you did that convinced you that sexual orientation is purely psychological.
Please clarify your question. Are you suggesting that homosexuals should be discriminated against, because if you don't think they should be in the mainstream that is what you're doing. Would you explain how you accidentally became heterosexual?
Straight turned? Now that's psychological..you were conditioned to change who you are...instead of just being yourself..the crazy christians do this...they try to reprogram their children by sending them to gay to straight camps.. Pray the gay away...being gay is not a choice..you either are or your not...I myself am bisexual..and I can't stop being attracted to certain woman..I just am...homosexuality has been around for millions of years..it's in nature...animals have displayed this...Maybe you were Bisexual..or bi-curious..tried it a few times with the same sex and came to conclude you like or enjoyed the opposite sex more...
Homosexuality and/or bisexuality is naturally present in many animal species. On the other hand, bigotry against homosexuals appears to be unnatural, as it is only present in humans. We are in no danger of dwindling populations any time soon. In fact, we're alarmingly overpopulated. So, an increase in homosexuality would probably be good for the planet and humanity in that it could help slow population growth. If you're afraid that you can't stop being homosexual, that's understandable because of our heteronormative culture, but you're choosing to be part of the problem instead of being part of the solution. So let's not pretend that there is a valid argument for 'concern' over the 'spread' of homosexuality.
You can think what you like about homosexuality, but science, which deals in unbiased facts, shows that homosexuality is a normal, natural, and common aspect of many species. The LGBTQ community will not be pushed into the shadows and background of society to sate the raging insecurity of others' ignorance. Not anymore.
I've probably said this before, but it bears repeating. Homosexuality is naturally occurring in over 1,500 species besides humans. It already is "mainstream". It has been common throughout history. Just because someone may think it's "icky", doesn't make them correct, and it doesn't give them the right to dismiss, or otherwise disrespect, anyone because they're gay. It's not a "lifestyle choice". It's not a "choice" at all. Did you (general 'you' ) CHOOSE to be heterosexual? At what age did you decide that you are attracted to the opposite gender? Were you actively recruited by a straight person to "join"? It is NO different for those who are born homosexual. People are what they are. I don't understand the irrational fear of homosexuality. I never will. I will also never understand why some people think other people's sex lives are any of their business. This subject is a real sore spot for me. Rant over. For now. I'm sure it'll come up again.
Thought this was a wind-up at first. My daughter and niece, openly gay, contribute massively to society, pay loads of tax. get promoted according to their abilities and serve the country well. Sounds pretty mainstream to me. Mindst you - they don't live in India. So I guess there are cultural factors.
You write: Honestly, I don't care what people do in their bedroom, but I fear there are or maybe attempts to convert straight into gays.
Don't you realize that this is complete bullshit? If you don't care what people do in their bedroom, why would you have to FEAR there are or maybe attempts to convert straights into gays. Even if there were such attempts, where's the problem?
Of course some people are more or less bisexual, and some of them may be "seduced" to homosexual actions while they may normally tend to heterosexual behaviour. But that is their own business, and not yours.
9% of all species are gay. Or at least that is what I was told. Whether it is psychological or physiological I can't say. If two people are happy to be with each other and were lucky enough to find each other in this world. I say more power to them, leave them alone to enjoy each other. Key phrase leave them alone. Their relationship is none of my business.
Sure, there's a psychological aspect to it, but you shouldn't let your opinion of what you want be influenced by what other people think of as normal... that's fucking silly.
To discuss the psychological i would say this. I have always been pretty straight, i'm not sure why, when i was younger i absolutely remember looking at voluptuous ladies and thinking 'what in the hell is so exciting about that?' and then i was excited about it and it was intense and i didn't know why.
As i became more comfortable with bisexuals and gay people (and drugs! lol) i began experiencing moments of... lets call it appreciation for male beauty. Recently i found myself very attracted to a guy i work with occasionally. It's never happened to me before and it didn't work out, but it didn't spin my head around or anything, i still think he's super cute and i still think about girls.
But yeah, i very seriously doubt that you somehow changed your entire sexuality after reading studies, and this has nothing to do with agnosticism or atheism...