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Sexual Orientation

by: Margaret Bloder

Sexual Orientation PSYCH 3830

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These notes cover what sexual orientation is, the prevalence of it, historical changes in our understanding and treatment of same-sex orientation, whether it's a matter of choice or not, and curren...
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Date Created: 04/12/16
Sexual Orientation I. What is Sexual Orientation? A person’s erotic or emotional attraction to one or both sexes a. Homosexuality: same sex orientation (about 5% American men, about 3% American women) b. Heterosexuality: opposite sex c. Bi-sexuality: attracted to both sexes II. Historical Changes in our Understanding and Treatment of Same-Sex Orientation Historical Viewpoints  Crime (Law)  Sin (Religion)  Illness (Medical Science): In the DSM-1, homosexuality was included as a disorder  Normal Sexual Variant: Kinsey did a survey (1940s/1950s) and found that same-sex orientation was a lot more common than people believed In 1969 at the Stone Wall Riot in NYC, gay men, prostitutes, etc. were attacked and harassed and once they fought back, the Gay Rights Movement gained support and in 1974, APA voted to remove homosexuality from the DSM. Research  Homosexuality (men): more likely to have anxiety symptoms  Homosexuality (women): more likely to experience substance abuse  This is attributed to the stigma (disgrace) of homosexuality Changes in the Law Historically, in the U.S., individuals did not have the legal right to engage in same-sex behavior.  1986: In Bowers V. Hardwick, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution did not protect the right of individuals to engage in same-sex behavior (No change in the law)  2003: In Lawrence & Garner v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution did protect the right of individuals to engage in same-sex behavior o Prior to summer of 2003, oral and anal sex between same- sex was illegal in the U.S. Can Same-sex couples marry? 1) Massachusetts was the first sate to legalize it (2003) o About 32% of the country supported the idea 2) Supreme Court Case (2015): made it legal across the US o Majority approved (52%) Is sexual orientation of choice? Biopsychosocial Model If an individual believes it’s partially biological, they are more likely to be supportive, but if an individual believes it’s completely choice, they are less likely to be supportive III. Sexual Orientation and Current Issues Gay Men and Lesbians in the Military Prior to 1993: Military members who engaged in same-sex behavior were discharged 1993: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue: prohibited asking recruits about their orientation but viewed disclosure as conduct worthy of discharge (If it became apparent that they were gay, they would be discharged) 2010: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Repeal Act: repealed the 1993 law that prevented openly gay and lesbian couples from serving in the US armed forces (signed by Obama) Legal rights of gay biological parents  If mom is gay, she is much less likely to have custody of child if she gets a divorce  Children who are raised by gay parents are no more likely to have negative effects


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