Not only does she think that gays are NOT born that way, undercover video recording by Truth Wins Out has exposed a hidden agenda at Bachmann’s husband clinic: you can pray the gay away! Such “therapy,” aimed at changing homosexual orientation into a heterosexual one, has been going on for DECADES. Not only has it been proven to be fruitless, it is actually DANGEROUS.
“The nation’s leading professional medical, health, and mental health organizations do not support efforts to change young people’s sexual orientation through therapy and have raised serious concerns about the potential harm from such efforts.”
-American Psychological Association
And though befuddled Fundies continue to state that “there’s no scientific conclusion that it’s genetic…” -Tim Pawlenty
There is a cohesive scientific opinion that sexual orientation is innate.
“An estimated 2 to 5 percent of adolescents are homosexual, the same percentage as among adults. Scientists generally agree that several factors converge to form a person’s sexual orientation. But there is increasing evidence that human beings may be genetically predisposed toward heterosexuality or homosexuality. These tendencies may even be established prior to birth, just as gender, hair color and complexion are all preprogrammed. Contrary to what some believe, we do not choose to be straight or gay. Come adolescence, a person is innately drawn toward one sex or the other.” -American Academy of Pediatricians
If right-wing politicians want to believe that evolution is just a theory, that sexual orientation is just a choice or that the world really is flat great for them. But to state that science supports these beliefs is nothing more than a pack of lies.
For more evidence-based information about gender identity and sexual orientation, please see my introduction to these topics, What Everyone Should Know About Gender and Sexuality.
- 10/20/11 – Talk To Me – Kevin McHale for The Trevor Project
- 6/14/11 – For the health of sexual minority youth
- 6/12/11 – Prom queen Andrew Viveros – It Gets Better!
- 6/9/11 – The UCLA “Sissy Boy Experiment”
- 5/4/11 – Google commercial: It Gets Better!
- 10/15/10 – It gets better!
- 4/13/10 – Update: ACP being called on their lies
- 4/6/10 – Fraudulent Representation of Medical Opinion by Fundie Quacks