Last updated on: 4/23/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Same Sex Attracted Youth Biography

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

“There is no evidence at all that same sex sexual attractions are unnatural. This belief has been denounced by the Australian Psychological Society (2006) which wrote that ‘homosexuality is a normal, natural, and fixed sexual
orientation.’

Homosexuality has been around for a long time. It has
existed and been talked and written about throughout
history. It occurs naturally in all human societies no matter what their ethnicity and culture. In some cultures it has been treated as a problem and in others it has not, but it is always there. It is simply a recurring part of the normal range of human possibilities.”

“Outsmarting Homophobia,” latrobe.edu.au/ssay/posh.html, Apr. 2007

Description:

“This website is for same sex attracted and transgender young people, your friends and families and for people who work with you in schools and in the community. The website is the initiative of researchers at The Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society (ARCSHS), at La Trobe University. It is funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.”

latrobe.edu.au/ssay/index.html (accessed Apr. 17, 2009)

Mission:

“We want to keep you up to date with our current research and the ways that we are using the research to bring about change, particularly to reduce homophobia. This might be in the form of reports, journal articles, booklets, posters, briefings and conferences many of which can be downloaded from this website.”

latrobe.edu.au/ssay/index.html (accessed Apr. 17, 2009)

Other:
Educational website
Quoted in:
  1. Is Same-Sex Attraction a Passing Phase Some Young People Go Through?