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Originally posted by Epinephrine
The reason that homosexuality cannot be simply a "sexual orientation" is that it has other effects on a person's bodily appearance, thought, and behavior. It is more like a spectrum disorder, with an increasing list of symptoms and greater severity of symptoms as the disorder is more clearly and extremely presented in an individual. Therefore, homosexuals that were more normal in their behavior would be on the more mild end of the spectrum whereas skinny boys with puffy, feminine cheeks who wear makeup and talk like very rude women(with distorted voice tones that are similar to women's voice tones) whose chief interests lie in fashion, music, and celebrities would occupy the more extreme end of the scale.
[edit on 5-10-2008 by Epinephrine]
From external source:
The American Psychological Association Committee on Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Concerns states that therapy to change sexual orientation is rejected by most medical and mental health associations that have taken a position on the topic, on the grounds that it is often damaging to people's well-being. The American Psychiatric Association states that "ethical practitioners refrain from attempts to change individuals' sexual orientation." Major organizations that reject therapy to change sexual orientation include the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association of School Administrators, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Education Association.