Last updated on: 1/23/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists (AGLP) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“No one knows what causes heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality. Homosexuality was once thought to be the result of troubled family dynamics or faulty psychological development. Those assumptions are now understood to have been based on misinformation and prejudice. Currently there is a renewed interest in searching for biological etiologies for homosexuality. However, to date there are no replicated scientific studies supporting any specific biological etiology for homosexuality. Similarly, no specific psychosocial or family dynamic cause for homosexuality has been identified, including histories of childhood sexual abuse. Sexual abuse does not appear to be more prevalent in children who grow up to identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, than in children who identify as heterosexual.”

“AGLP Gay and Lesbian Fact Sheets,” www.aglp.org, May 2000

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Other
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“We are a community of psychiatrists that educates and advocates on Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender mental health issues.”

“What We Do,” www.aglp.org (accessed on Dec. 5, 2011)

Mission:

“AGLP Strives to be a community for the personal and professional growth of all LGBT Psychiatrists, and to be the recognized expert on LGBT mental health issues.”

“What We Do,” www.aglp.org (accessed on Dec. 5, 2011)

Other:
501(c)(3) charitable organization