Does wearing a silver ring on your right-hand ring finger mean you're gay? As it does if you are artsy, bookish and "alternative"? A few years back, if you were wearing these kinds of accessories, like rings and earrings, people would point the finger at you for being queer. These days, the description of the quintessential homo has changed to ambiguous at best and less labeled. Damaging stereotypes and generalizations of queers from the older days still linger on today.
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In Britain we are all brought up to believe that Homosexuality is a sin, it's wrong, it's a perversion and so on. We are taught this by the education system, family and friends, the media, the legal system and religions. Until we come into contact with accurate information and meet other Lesbians and Gays to challenge these negative beliefs, we believe the bad things we have been told. It usually means that we hate ourselves, have low self-esteem and try to hide or suppress our sexuality.
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CBS News A new study that finds children of a gay or lesbian parent may be more likely to have social and emotional problems has sparked controversy on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate. The study, from Mark Regnerus, an associate professor of sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, surveyed more than 15, Americans between the ages of 18 and 39, asking them questions about their upbringings. Its findings are published in the July issue of Social Science Research. One survey question asked whether a parent had been in a same-sex relationship during a child's upbringing; Regnerus wanted to see whether there were differences between kids raised in a household by a parent in a same-sex relationship compared with those who were raised by biological parents who were married and heterosexual.
The term "gay" may be confusing and even foreign to some, forcing people to ask, "What is gay? While "gay" can be thought of as a synonym to "homosexual," there is more to the meaning of gay than that. Homosexuality is considered to be same-sex sexual attraction and behavior and "gay" is a synonym of homosexuality. The term "homosexuality" 1 was first used by Victorian scientists who considered same-sex sexual attraction and behavior a "moral deficiency.