Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sexual Orientation Across the Life Span: Introduction to the Special Section - Charlotte J. Patterson - Developmental Psychology: American Psychological Association 2008, Vol. 44, No. 1, 1–4

What impact does sexual orientation have on human development over the life span? As questions related to sexual orientation have become increasingly topics of public discussion and debate in recent years, psychological study of the issues has also burgeoned. What was once a new frontier for research has matured into a large, complex, and rapidly growing area of knowledge. Important research is being  conducted on many issues, by diverse investigators, from a number of theoretical perspectives, in many parts of the world. The articles in this special section provide only a sampling of current research, but they begin to suggest the vitality and excitement of a field that is coming into its own.

The overall visibility of issues related to sexual orientation and human development has never been greater than it is today. Voters are casting ballots, litigants are bringing suits, judges are handing down rulings, legislators are proposing new laws, and candidates are staking out positions on issues related to sexual orientation. What was once unspeakable and invisible has become very much a part of public discourse.

Research on sexual orientation and human development has likewise burgeoned in recent years (Garnets & Kimmel, 2003; Omoto & Kurtzman, 2006). A great deal of excellent research, across a broad array of topical areas, is now available. Many creative methodological approaches are being employed. A diverse array of theoretical positions is under study. What was once a new frontier for research has matured into a large, complex, and rapidly growing area of knowledge.

As a result of these trends, selecting articles on sexual orientation across the life span for this special section has involved difficult choices. This special section presents examples of the high quality research that is ongoing around the world. Though only a sampling, the articles in this special section may nevertheless begin to suggest the vitality and excitement of a field that is coming into its own.

Contemporary Research on Sexual Orientation Across the
Life Span

The variety of research on sexual orientation being conducted today is well represented in this special section. Research focuses on issues across the life span, from childhood (Rieger, Linsenmeier, Gygax, & Bailey, 2008) to adolescence (Bos, Sandfort, de Bruyn, & Hakvoort, 2008) and adulthood (Roisman, Clausell, Holland, Fortuna, Hu, & Elieff, 2008). Methodologies range from survey techniques (Balsam, Beauchaine, Rothblum, & Solomon, 2008) to peer reports (Wainright & Patterson, 2008) and observational methods (Rieger et al., 2008). Some authors are studying the impact of unusual events such as victimization (Busseri, Willoughby, Chalmers, & Bogaert, 2008), whereas others are concerned with the influence of everyday legal and policy environments on the experiences of lesbians and gay men (Balsam et al., 2008).
Read complete research -  Charlotte J. Patterson - University of Virginia:

Gay Friendship
Aelred of Rievaulx “Spiritual Friendship”
January 12, Feast Day

An Excerpt from the Introduction:
Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167) was a twelfth-century Cistercian abbot and well-known spiritual writer, whose treatise, Spiritual Friendship, is widely considered a classic of Christian spirituality. Inspired by Roman statesman, and orator, Marcus Tullius Cicero’s philosophical dialogue, On Friendship, Aelred approaches his subject from a decidedly religious standpoint, examining both the theoretical and practical aspects of friendship in the light of faith in Christ. Christian friendship, he maintains, is all about extending the fellowship of Christ to another. The more two persons grow as friends, the more they should sense the gentle, unobtrusive, yet abiding presence of this quiet third partner in their lives. He affirms this belief when talking to this friend Ivo at the outset of Book One, stating, “Here we are, you and I, and I hope a third, Christ, in our midst. Read more: Photo

Why is friendship important?

A. God created man for companionship.
• God has not left his creations alone but gives them a society. Human, likewise, were not left alone but given fellowship. By forming the second human from the rib of the first, God reveals that human beings are created equal.
• Man is born with a desire for friendship.
• Since a need for love is built into out nature—even evil men desire friendship
(however false)

B. To live without friendship is to live like a beast.
• I would say that those men are beasts rather than human beings who declare that a man ought to live in such a way as to be to no one a source of consolation, to no one even of grief or burden; to take no delight in the good fortune of another, or impart to others no bitterness because of their own misfortune, caring to cherish no one and to be cherished by no one.
• Without companionship riches hold no charm for the greedy, nor glory the
ambitious, nor pleasure for the sensuous man.
• He is entirely alone who is without a friend
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Related links:

Lesbians, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis - The Second Wave
By Judith Glassgold, and Suzanne Iasenza. 2004

Despite outrage, little progress in church scandal
By: Robin Washington,
January 2, 2010, Duluth News Tribune

Gay Conversion | Religious Conversion - Transforms The Damned Into The Saved | COVERING - Kenji Yoshino – 2002 - The Yale Law Journal

"Covering: The Hidden Assault on our Civil Rights"
A conversation with author Kenji Yoshino about Yoshino's book.
April 20, 2006 – Charlie Rose
View video:

Groundbreaking Study Finds Family Acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Adolescents Protects Against Depression, Substance Abuse and Suicidal Behavior in Early Adulthood – by Caitlin Ryan, PhD, December 6, 2010 - FAMILY ACCEPTANCE PROJECT.

Institutionalized STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE – Vatican’s UNSUBSTANTIATED ANTIGAY TEACHINGS - severe harm lasting throughout a child’s lifetime | Benedict XVI & Hierarchy CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE COVER-UPS

SEXUAL ORIENTATION is less about sex and more about LOVE, being one with another human being - ATTACHMENT THEORY
 “Auschwitz – Benedict XVI - Christmas 2008 - Brokeback Mountain” (NP)
Nothing in life is more precious than the intimate relationships we have with love ones. Healthy love relationships delight us give us confidence to take on challenges and support us in difficult times. Photo

Difference Between Life & Death
Being “In” And Living “Out” Of The Closet
"Why, It Is A 'Gift' From God!!!" - Monastic Wisdom - Absolute Fright For Benedict XVI
March 1997 “Coming Out”
"$126,000.00 as reported by Bishop Walter Hurley, May 27, 2006 

The Grand Rapids Press"
Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
Lauren Bacall - Gay Bar Scene From Broadway Musical Applause
“But Alive”

I thought that love
was just a word
They sang about in songs I heard
It took your kisses to reveal
That I was wrong,

love is real
La Vie En Rose
Edith Piaf
DYS SUM – A blog for the GLBTQ community

Gay marriage -> Restoring
"Hope of Love"
To Children In Early Childhood -> Marriage Equality
March 23, 2010 – by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

Marriage Equality, like Galileo, is the truth about the facts of growing up gay. Marriage Equality will not become a reality until people learn that its most vital purpose is that it restores the “hope of love” to children in early childhood – essential to their development and well-being for life. 

Without Marriage Equality we teach children how to hate love and how to be mean and indifferent to people as adults. With all due respect, without Marriage Equality we would teach them in much the same way as has been shown by Benedict XVI and the hierarchy, especially in their lack of care and protection of children for decades.

Same-Sex Marriage: The Legal and Psychological Evolution in America -
by Donald J. Cantor, Elizabeth Cantor, James C. Black, and Campbell D. Barrett. 2006

July 2010

President of the United States
United States Congress
United States Supreme Court
50 United States Governors

Dear -- --------,

My name is Fr. Marty Kurylowicz, a Roman Catholic priest from the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan ordained June 16, 1979.

In March 1997, after attending a National Symposium of the New Ways Ministry that was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I learned that children as young as 4 and 5 years of age know that they are different. This feeling "different" is only identified in their adult years as being gay. However, the harmful influence of antigay social and religious norms -- in particular, for Catholics, the Vatican’s unsubstantiated antigay teachings -- are severe and last throughout a child’s lifetime. The harmful effects are not isolated only to these children who grow up to be gay, but also affect their families, siblings, friends and anyone whom they might consider special in their lives. They are a prescribed societal sentence of implicit isolation, which place at risk of suicide so many innocent adolescents and young adults. They stifle an enormous amount of human potential in the world that otherwise could be put to use for finding cures for diseases, offering better ways of maintaining peace among people and improving the quality of life for everyone in the world.
Gay Marriage - “SEPARATION BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE” Does Not Give Churches Or Benedict XVI - The Freedom To Abuse Children or Adults. July 2010 - By Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

Gay marriage isn't revolutionary.
It's just next.
By Stephanie Coontz,
January 9, 2010
The Washington Post

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee - unyielding force supporting - DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL Repeal Act of 2010 – ENDS discriminatory policy that “forces young men and women to lie,” – to lie – “about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.”

N.H. Republicans won’t try to repeal gay marriage law
by Norma Love,
January 13, 2010 – AP, The Boston Globe

Catholic Lawmakers Backing Gay Marriage
January 2011 – Opposing Views

Catholics Stand by Their Consciences on Marriage Equality
Ann Craig,
January 10, 2011 – GLAAD

“Gov. Martin O'Malley has said that he would sign a SAME-SEX MARRIAGE bill into law.”
Maryland set to expand gay rights, same-sex marriage
By Evan Glass,
January 12, 2011 - CNN congressional producer

"Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well-considered, and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child's spirit." Erik Erikson

Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

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