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More than One-Third of Americans Think Gays Can Be "Cured," Study Says

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More than One-Third of Americans Think Gays Can Be "Cured," Study Says

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About 36 percent of the American public believes that if they try hard enough, gay people can turn straight, according to data from the Pew Research Center released on Tuesday.

The research reflects polling conducted in 2012, and as shocking as the numbers seem, the nation has actually eased in this belief as LGBT tolerance has grown. Six years ago, 39 percent of the population claimed that gays could change their orientation — in 2003, an equal number of people believed that gays could and could not switch to the straight side.

Perhaps even more telling, just 51 percent of the country believes that homosexuals cannot change their preferences, meaning that nearly half the population thinks there is at least a slight chance that sexuality is reprogrammable.

These numbers reflect the vast amount of misinformation that has long plagued the homosexual community, even as so-called “conversion therapy” has been proven effective time and time again.

As far back as 1998, the American Psychological Association (APA) came out against attempting to convert gay people, claiming that societal judgment and pressure, not homosexuality, was the true threat to the LBGT community.

The report read “The potential risks of reparative therapy are great, including depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior, since therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient.”

In 2009, an APA analysis of current research revealed that little evidence exists to support conversion therapy, despite unfounded promises made by religious groups who condemn homosexuals.

The latest report stated "These studies show that enduring change to an individual's sexual orientation is uncommon," and cited treatment side effects like "loss of sexual feeling, depression, suicidality and anxiety.”

Gay conversion has grown so unpopular that states are now lining up to bar the practice. California led the way, and just Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a measure to ban it from his state. Washington may be next, as State Rep. Marko Liias is pushing for a similar bill.

Sources: Huffington Post, PewResearch, Politico, KOMO News

by on Aug. 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM
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LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Aug. 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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Last I heard, that was about the same number who believe Elvis is still alive, and aliens have visited the government.


Sisteract
by Whoopie on Aug. 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM
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Calling Marcus Bachmann...

And:

Obama is a Muslim, Kenyan, Messiah

lga1965
by on Aug. 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM
;-)


Quoting Sisteract:

Calling Marcus Bachmann...

And:

Obama is a Muslim, Kenyan, Messiah

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Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Aug. 26, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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I have never understood why people think it SHOULD be cured???? If you aren't gay then why on earth do you even care??

If you are gay and want to be cured... therapy is a better option really. No one should have to live that way.

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Aug. 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

What was the process of you choosing to be heterosexual? I'm assuming you are heterosexual.

How did you choose?

When did you choose?

Do you regret your choice?

Do you think you can be cured?

Quoting LaBuenaVida:

 I believe it is a choice, and yes, you can make a choice not to be gay if you do not want to be. 



billsfan1104
by Jules on Aug. 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Why do you compare Gays to animals???? Gays are not animals and should not be compared to them. Guess what, animals lick their assholes and humans do not(at least 99% of them). So stop comparing them to animals.

Quoting impostagothkat:

I feel bad for the lgbt community. Being gay has been around since time began and animals have also been shown to be gay. Uhh I am at a loss for words with issues like this
Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Aug. 26, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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Quoting billsfan1104:
Quoting impostagothkat:

I feel bad for the lgbt community. Being gay has been around since time began and animals have also been shown to be gay. Uhh I am at a loss for words with issues like this
Why do you compare Gays to animals???? Gays are not animals and should not be compared to them. Guess what, animals lick their assholes and humans do not(at least 99% of them). So stop comparing them to animals. 

She didn't say gays are like animals.

She said there are gay animals.

For example, giraffes:

Male giraffes have been observed to engage in remarkably high frequencies of homosexual behavior. After aggressive "necking", it is common for two male giraffes to caress and court each other, leading up to mounting and climax. Such interactions between males have been found to be more frequent than heterosexual coupling. In one study, up to 94% of observed mounting incidents took place between two males. The proportion of same sex activities varied between 30 and 75%, and at any given time one in twenty males were engaged in non-combative necking behavior with another male.

billsfan1104
by Jules on Aug. 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM
You are still comparing gays to animals.

Quoting Clairwil:

Quoting billsfan1104:

Quoting impostagothkat:

I feel bad for
the lgbt community. Being gay has been around since time began and
animals have also been shown to be gay. Uhh I am at a loss for words
with issues like this
Why do you compare Gays to animals???? Gays are
not animals and should not be compared to them. Guess what, animals
lick their assholes and humans do not(at least 99% of them). So stop
comparing them to animals. 

She didn't say gays are like animals.

She said there are gay animals.

For example, giraffes:

Male giraffes have been observed to engage in remarkably high frequencies of
homosexual behavior. After aggressive "necking", it is common for two
male giraffes to caress and court each other, leading up to mounting and
climax. Such interactions between males have been found to be more
frequent than heterosexual coupling. In one study, up to 94% of observed mounting incidents took place
between two males. The proportion of same sex activities varied between
30 and 75%, and at any given time one in twenty males were engaged in
non-combative necking behavior with another male.

stormcris
by Christy on Aug. 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM

When did it become a disease?

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Aug. 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM
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Quoting billsfan1104:

You are still comparing gays to animals.

I'm comparing the entire human species to close mammalian ancestral species and cousin species that we are related to.

I'm saying that, if the species we come from share a particular behaviour, then that behaviour is a natural part of our biology, not an abberation caused by the human species living in cities or reading porn on the internet.


Or to put it another way:

I'm comparing you to an animal.  :-)

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