Policy makers and members of the public are routinely confronted with questions about lesbians and gay men. Are they mentally ill? Do so-called conversion therapies change sexual orientation? Are homosexuals more likely than heterosexuals to molest children?
Such questions arise from long-standing cultural stereotypes that depict lesbians and gay men as immoral, criminal, sick, and drastically different from what society considers "normal."
A considerable body of social science data now is available to answer such questions and to separate falsehood from fact. The following links provide an overview of social science theory and empirical research concerning sexual orientation.
Beyond Homophobia, Dr. Herek's Blog: