The importance of one’s sexual orientation in today’s society is quite prevalent. As human beings, we demand that everything in our lives be categorized and placed into its own spot in our mind. These different categories we use may include age, race, height, personality, and sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is one’s sexual identity in relation to which gender they are attracted to. In today’s society, as well as that of the past, many individuals believe this information is fairly important to know about a particular person. The group of people that are mostly affected by this way of thinking would be that of the Lesbian (L), Gay (G), Bi-sexual (B), and Transgender (T) community. Instead of being treated equally and fairly by the rest of the community, these individuals may be ostracized by the rest of the world because of their sexual preferences. This problem becomes more and more apparent as we look into the employment and schooling of the LGBT Community and the mistreatments they encounter on a day to day basis. Some of the basic human rights of these individuals are completely disregarded because of their sexual orientation. These mistreatments are more widespread than many individuals believe, and the effects it has on the LGBT Community can be detrimental.
For the LGBT citizens, these mistreatments of their basic human rights are apparent in their day to day lives. Focusing on the employment and schooling of these citizens, one is able to clearly see the mistreatments that surrounds these individuals. There is a problematic “disconnect” between the ideal discussion on diversity rights and the actual encounters which are experienced by the LGBT community in our country (Taylor, 2011, p. 277). The discrimination they combat in their day to day lives at work and school can have negative effects on these individuals. In a Hong Kong study, conducted by Holning Lau & Rebecca L. Stotzer, it is reported that, while there is protection against...
...Over the years sexualorientation has been an issue in our society. Many people are against homosexuality and bisexuality. Sexualorientation is generally one of three main categories, heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. Heterosexual is someone who is attracted to members of the opposite sex. A homosexual is someone that is attracted to members of the same sex. And, a bisexual person is one that is attracted to members of both sexes. There are other categories of sexualorientation. Some people could be considered transgendered which is someone who feels they were put in the wrong body. But heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual are the three main categories of sexualorientation. No one knows exactly why people are homosexual or bisexual or even heterosexual. Researchers have looked into genetics, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexualorientation, but have failed to determine the reason. I don’t believe it’s a choice; it’s the way someone is born.
Someone’s sexual preference is determined at a young age. Throughout childhood, most kids question their sexualorientation at one point. Most children learn gender role. This becomes their identification during preadolescence, which is considered to be roughly eight to twelve years old. As they get older, some...
...My opinion about sexualorientation in our society
A person’s sexual, emotional, or romantic attraction to another
person is usually the way to describe sexualorientation. When a
person is attracted to the same sex, they are considered
homosexual. When a person is attracted to someone of the
opposite sex, they are considered heterosexual. Attraction to
both men and women is called bisexuality. The idea of sexualorientation states to more than just the sexual behavior of a
person. It involves one’s feelings and character as a person.
Though some people believe sexualorientation to be instinctive
and stable, it develops over time in a person’s life. An individual
can become aware of his/her sexuality at a different point in
their life than others.
Most of those who look for a reason as to why people are
homosexual people still think it comes from a mental disorder.
All key professional mental health establishments confirm on
record that homosexuality is not a disorder. Homosexuality was
removed from the official diagnostic manual of the American
Psychiatric Association board of trustees in 1973. Though it was
once assumed to be the result of distressed family dynamics or
defective psychological development, those assumptions have
now been perceived...
... In our day and age, being of a sexualorientation other than heterosexual is somewhat common. Though it is definitely not considered a norm, it is more accepted in most parts of the world. A few years ago, people who were not heterosexual had to hide who they really were in order to be accepted by society. Because of this norm, one automatically assumes they are straight whether it comes to themselves or others. So how do homosexual/asexual people become conscious of their sexualorientation?
In the same way that gender is a spectrum, sexuality is a spectrum as well. There are four distinct sexualities. Heterosexual, or straight, people are attracted to members of the opposite sex. Bisexuals are attracted to members of both genders. Homosexuals are attracted to people of the same sex. Homosexuals can be called gay, for both genders, or lesbian, for females only. The last sexuality is asexual, in which there is no attraction to either sexes.
Psychologists say that sexuality is determined in the early stages of childhood but is not a conscious decision. Basically, people are born with their sexuality. That being said, many parents assume there might be something off about their child if they show interest in activities meant for the opposite sex. If their little girl doesn’t like to dress up and would rather play in the dirt, parents start to get suspicious. If their little boy likes dolls and is not all that...
...Not Support the Claim That Homosexuality Is Genetic
By Robert Knight The debate over homosexual “marriage” often becomes focused on whether homosexuality is a learned behavior or a genetic trait. Many homosexual activists insist that “science” has shown that homosexuality is inborn, cannot be changed, and that therefore they should have the “right to marry” each other. Beginning in the early 1990s, activists began arguing that scientific research has proven that homosexuality has a genetic or hormonal cause. A handful of studies, none of them replicated and all exposed as methodologically unsound or misrepresented, have linked sexualorientation to everything from differences in portions of the brain,1,2 to genes,3 finger length,4 inner ear differences,5 eye-blinking,6 and “neuro-hormonal differentiation.”7 Meanwhile, Columbia University Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Robert Spitzer, who was instrumental in removing homosexuality in 1973 from the American Psychiatric Association’s list of mental disorders, wrote a study published in the October 2003 Archives of Sexual Behavior. He contended that people can change their “sexualorientation” from homosexual to
D.F. Swaab and M.A. Hofman, Brain Res. 537 (1990): 141-48, as cited in Dennis McFadden and E.G. Pasanen, “Comparisons of the auditory systems of heterosexuals and homosexuals: Click-evoked otoacoustic emissions,” Proceedings of the...
...meaning "same", and Latin sexus, meaning "sex") is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior between members of the same sex or gender. As an orientation, homosexuality refers to "an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience sexual, affectionate, or romantic attractions" primarily or exclusively to people of the same sex. "It also refers to an individual's sense of personal and social identity based on those attractions, behaviors expressing them, and membership in a community of others who share them."
Along with bisexuality and heterosexuality, homosexuality is one of the three main categories of sexualorientation within the heterosexual–homosexual continuum. There is no consensus among scientists about why a person develops a particular sexualorientation; however, biologically-based theories for the cause of sexualorientation are favored by experts, which point to genetic factors, the early uterine environment, or both in combination. There is no substantive evidence which suggests parenting or early childhood experiences play a role when it comes to sexualorientation; when it comes to same-sex sexual behavior, shared or familial environment plays no role for men and minor role for women. While some hold the view that homosexual activity is...
...Sexualorientation is the nature of sexual or erotic desires that is the direction of an individual’s sexual desires and emotions towards members of the opposite sex (homosexual), members of the same sex (homosexuals) and in some instances both (bisexual). In simple terms it is the sexual preference of individuals. Several factors have been listed by vast majority of sexuality researchers. Most dominant among the listed causes are genetic/biological, social influences and psychological factors. The debate on sexualorientation is a never ending one that engages the diverse views of people from different backgrounds be it political, religious, humanrights and to a great extent the race and culture. The question of the origin of sexualorientation has been charged by religious and political beliefs and so inflamed by misconceptions of those discussing it.
Among the possible listed factors determining one’s sexualorientation is genetic factors. Genes are the basic unit of inheritance as well the person’s chemical makeup. This means people are born either as heterosexuals or homosexuals and that is their biological being. This cause has being given more weight by all stakeholders over the world. This is to say that sexualorientation is no fault of those it affects...
...essay will look into sexualorientation. This essay will identify and define sexualorientation focusing on homosexuality. It will further provide an overview of homosexuality and a summary. I will discuss my initial opinions, attitudes, biases and assumptions about sexualorientation and demonstrate how my awareness of this element of diversity increased throughout the module. I will further address how this awareness will impact my ability to counsel more competently, followed by a conclusion of all the issues covered.
Sexualorientation is distinct from other components of sex and gender, including biological sex which is the anatomical, physiological, and genetic characteristics associated with being male or female, gender identity which is the psychological sense of being male or female, and social gender role which is the cultural norms that define feminine and masculine behaviour. Reference People express their sexualorientation through behaviours with others, including such simple actions as holding hands or kissing. The American Psychological Association (2008) notices that sexualorientation is closely tied to the intimate personal relationships that meet deeply felt needs for love, attachment, and intimacy. In addition to sexual behaviours, these bonds include nonsexual...
...SexualOrientationSexualorientation is all about an individual’s preferred sex partners – the sex of the people one is sexually attracted to. One can be sexually attracted to persons of his or her sex (gay, homosexual or lesbian), people of the opposite sex (straight or heterosexual) or both sexes (bisexual). Numerous psychological and biomedical research studies have attempted to identify one or more causes that account for the variation in sexualorientation (LeVay, 2010). The driving question fuelling these studies has been whether sexualorientation is inborn, learned or acquired due to environmental influences. Many factors have been linked with sexualorientation including gender role behavior in childhood, genetics and fraternal birth order yet no single theory can sufficiently account for the sexual-orientation diversity (Bailey & Zuk, 2009). If sexualorientation was solely linked to a genetic trait, homosexuality would have disappeared ages ago since homosexuals are less likely than heterosexuals to have offspring, each successive generation of homosexuals should have become smaller, until the genes for homosexuality disappear from the gene pool. Yet the prevalence of homosexuality has remained constant. Scientific data points out that sexual...