Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality – American Psychological Association APA

Since 1975, the American Psychological Association has called on psychologists to take the lead in removing the stigma of mental illness that has long been associated with lesbian, gay, and bisexual orientations. The discipline of psychology is concerned with the well-being of people and groups and therefore with threats to that well-being. The prejudice and discrimination that people who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual regularly experience have been shown to have negative psychological effects. This pamphlet is designed to provide accurate information for those who want to better understand sexual orientation and the impact of prejudice and discrimination on those who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Read more -


What is sexual orientation?

How do people know if they are lesbian, gay, or bisexual?

What causes a person to have a particular sexual orientation?

What role do prejudice and discrimination play in the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people?

What is the psychological impact of prejudice and discrimination?

Is homosexuality a mental disorder?

What about therapy intended to change sexual orientation from gay to straight?

What is "coming out" and why is it important?

What about sexual orientation and coming out during adolescence?

At what age should lesbian, gay, or bisexual youths come out?

What is the nature of same-sex relationships?

Can lesbians and gay men be good parents?

What can people do to diminish prejudice and discrimination against lesbian, gay, and bisexual people?

Where can I find more information about homosexuality?

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