After decades of pushing the idea that homosexuals are “born that way,” that nothing should be done to try to help them escape that life, and that anyone who says otherwise is a bigoted homophobe who wants to push gays back in the closet, a leading American Psychological Association researcher says, “never mind.” According to LifeSiteNews:
A top researcher with the American Psychological Association (APA) and lesbian activist has acknowledged that gays are not “born that way.”
Dr. Lisa Diamond, co-editor-in-chief of the APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology and one of the APA’s “most respected members,” says sexual orientation is “fluid” and not unchangeable.
As clinical psychologist Dr. Laura A. Haynes summarizes Diamond’s APA Handbook chapters, her book and YouTube lectures, “The battle to disprove ‘Born that way and can’t change’ is now over, and (Diamond) is telling LGBT activists to stop promoting the myth.”
Contrary to the typical argument that homosexuals are “born gay” as “who they are” and cannot change, the APA officially recognized sexual orientation change in 2011.
Diamond summarized relevant findings in a lecture at Cornell University (2013), stating that abundant research has now established that sexual orientation — including attraction, behavior, and self-identity — is fluid for both adolescents and adults and for both genders.
This flies in the face of recent laws promoted by gay activists and passed in several states banning “reparative therapy,” which seeks to help patients experiencing same-sex attraction to change.
The stated justification for anti-reparative therapy laws is that anyone who experiences same-sex attraction is not only gay and born gay, but his/her homosexuality is unchangeable and so “reparative therapy,” it is argued, is not only unfruitful but cruel. The argument goes, “You can’t change who you are.”
Additionally, many gay activists call sexual orientation “the civil rights issue of our time,” and analogous to race. Diamond and the APA, however, refute this argument.
I’ve said for years that gay activists were taking the “born that way” position purely for political reasons. They played on the sympathies of people who couldn’t abide the idea that someone should be in any way penalized or stigmatized because they acted on innate, unalterable characteristics. That was always ludicrous–there’s no such thing as a sexual behavior that doesn’t contain at least some element of volition about it–but it got the political results that the activists wanted. Now, having achieved that set of goals, they are moving on to others (mainstreaming transgenderism, for instance), so their line has to change. This has nothing to do with science, everything to do with politics, and makes crystal clear the corruption of the American Psychological Association in particular. The idea that that organization should be taken as an authority on anything–or that anything gay activists ever say should be taken at face value–is absurd.
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