Much has been said, written and blogged about the LGBTIQ community here in Sri Lanka with even more being said about EQUAL GROUND, its ED, staff and members. This is our attempt to set the records straight and answer those out there that insist on spreading spurious fabrications about us and the community we work for.
One of the most serious, misleading and false accusations is that all homosexuals are pedophiles. EQUAL GROUND therefore has been charged with spreading homosexuality and thus in these insane mindsets, responsible for spreading pedophilia in this country.
All homosexuals are pedophiles
A number of researchers have looked at this question to determine if homosexuals are more likely to be pedophiles than heterosexuals, and the data indicates that that’s not the case.
For example, in a 1989 a study led by Kurt Freund of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Canada, scientists showed pictures of children to adult gay and straight males, and measured sexual arousal. Homosexual men reacted no more strongly to pictures of male children than heterosexual men reacted to pictures of female children.
A 1994 study, led by Carole Jenny of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, surveyed 269 cases of children who were sexually molested by adults. In 82% of cases, the alleged offenders were heterosexual partners of a close relative of the child, the researchers reported in the journal of Pediatrics. In only two out of 269 cases, the offender was identified as being gay or lesbian.
“The empirical research does not show that gay or bisexual men are any more likely than heterosexual men to molest children,” wrote Gregory M. Herek, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Davis, on his website. Herek, who was not involved in the 1989 or 1994 studies, compiled a review of research on the topic.
Homosexuality is an illness
Psychology viewed homosexuality in terms of pathological models as a mental illness through the early years and most of the 20th century. Specifically labeled as androphilia; the attraction to masculinity, gynephilia; the attraction to femininity, ambiphilia; the attraction towards both masculinity and femininity. Although these terms are not defined as gender-biased concepts, it was most commonly used in attempt to diagnose homosexuality and bisexuality. These classifications were reasons for much research but no empirical or scientific basis was found to classify homosexuality as a disease or abnormality. This led to professionals in medicine, mental health, and behavioral and social sciences to oppose the then existing assumptions about homosexuality.
Since the 1970s, the consensus of the behavioral and social sciences and the health and mental health professions globally, is that homosexuality is a normal variation of human sexual orientation, while there remain those who maintain that it is a disorder. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. The American Psychological Association Council of Representatives followed in 1975. Thereafter other major mental health organizations followed and it was finally declassified by the World Health Organization in 1990. Consequently, while some still believe homosexuality is a mental disorder, the current research and clinical literature demonstrate that same-sex sexual and romantic attractions, feelings, and behaviors are normal and positive variations of human sexuality, reflecting the official positions of the World Health Organisation, American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association.
Homosexuality is unnatural
This is such a common sentiment here and in fact, is still listed in the Sri Lanka Penal Code which refers to Carnal intercourse against the order of nature. Time’s Health and Family magazine debunks this theory in an article that asserts; it’s (homosexuality) a common trait, found in up to 10% of the population. It appears to run in families, suggesting that it is hereditary, at least in part.
The article says that while homosexuality may not be written in our DNA sequence it is written in how our genes are expressed. In other words, “in certain modifications to how and when DNA is activated. These changes can have environmental roots, so are not normally permanent enough to be passed from parent to child. But occasionally, they are.”
Sergey Gavrilets, a NIMBioS researcher and an author on the paper that outlines the new theory of homosexuality, published in The Quarterly Review of Biology says: “It’s not genetics. It’s not DNA. It’s not pieces of DNA. It’s epigenetics.” Specifically, the new theory advocates that homosexuality is due to epigenetic marks, or “epi-marks” which relates to the sensitivity to hormones in a mother’s womb. Gavrilets and his colleagues believe that gene expression may regulate how a fetus responds to testosterone, the all-important male sex hormone. They further argue that epi-marks may help to buffer a female fetus from high levels of testosterone by suppressing receptors that respond to testosterone, for example, (thus ensuring normal fetal development even in the presence of a lot of testosterone) or to buffer a male fetus from low levels of testosterone by up-regulating receptors that bind to the hormone (ensuring normal fetal development even in the absence of high levels of testosterone). Normally, these epi-marks are erased after they are activated, but if those marks are passed down to the next generation, the same epi-marks that protected a man in utero may cause oversensitivity to testosterone among his daughters, and the epi-marks that protected a woman in utero may lead to under-sensitivity to testosterone among her sons.(Read the full article at: http://healthland.time.com/2012/12/13/new-insight-into-the-epigenetic-roots-of-homosexuality/)
Homosexuality has been scientifically documented in more than 450 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, and other animals across the planet - BIOLOGICAL EXUBERANCE, Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity by Bruce Bagemihl. In fact some say that there are over 1500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and other animals display homosexual tendencies.
Rather scientific, yes! Hard to understand, maybe! But scientific data does not lie and, as more and more data becomes available, it will prove undoubtedly what LGBTIQ activists and others have been saying for decades (and that which Lady Gaga so beautifully sang ) – “Born this way.”
Sad that we have to emphasize this but we must due to the many falsehoods being spread about EQUAL GROUND and its work. EQUAL GROUND is a professional nonprofit organization seeking equal rights for the LGBTIQ community of Sri Lanka. We are not pedophiles, we are not carnal perverts, we are not a match making service, we do not provide advice on sexual acts and we are not a house of prostitution!