Can gayness be 'cured'?
Do you believe the ex-gay movement who claim gayness can be cured?
I don't intend this as an anti-gay question - I myself am gay.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
No I don't. I believe those ex-gays are in denial.
- 1 decade ago
No. It might be similar to training a dog to not hump legs. He might stop the behavior but he will always want to hump a leg.
Sexual and attraction desires eminate from our primordial mind and if they are not straight/procreative it is only viewed "unnatural" by society.
There are even gay dogs, explain how they could turn gay if it wasn't from deep inside?
I even had a cat that found satisfaction from being flogged with a cat'o nine tails whip on the hips and back. Afterward she lost her regular nervousness and slept like a baby. It was an accidental discovery when I punished her and she stood still, eyes wider as if she wanted more. She begged me for a spanking often. I sure didn't train her but it was in her nature.
Gayness is simply a matter of how our body and mind developed during birth. There is no cure, only forced repression of the so-called" distasteful act. Society needs to learn this and accept variations of people. We aren't stamped out of the same mold.
Every child's birth process is a different prenatal biochemistry lab and everything influences the outcome.
There might be a genetic answer before birth some day but we can't even get gene therapy to work against more common birth congenital defects.
- χριστοφορος ▽Lv 71 decade ago
Being gay isn't something that needs to be cured, and being gay cannot be changed by the so called "ex-gay" groups.
Former leaders of so called "ex-gay" groups have apologized for their previous opinionated actions.
Even the ultra conservative president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has said that scientific research "points to some level of biological causation" for homosexuality & "I am absolutely confident that a large number of homosexuals are telling the truth when they say they did not choose that orientation."
One of the most outspoken people claiming that they were "cured" was John Paulk, who became active with the anti-gay groups Focus on the Family and Exodus.
He was "cured" to the point that, after marrying and having children, he went to the Washington D.C. gay bar Mr. P's where he purchased drinks for other bar patrons for over an hour and later claimed he did not know it was a gay bar and only entered to use the restroom.
Paulk is no longer their spokesperson.Source(s): http://www.beyondexgay.com/article/apology http://abcnews.go.com/US/WireStory?id=2951433&page... http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/Paulk-S...
- 1 decade ago
I don't believe for ONE SECOND that any of those people who claim that they are no longer gay are now actually straight. It just doesn't work that way. They can choose to deny their feelings...they can get married and have kids with the opposite sex......but they are only fooling themselves.
If they truly are straight....then that means they were never gay to begin with. (In which case I have no idea what they were doing with someone of the same sex.)
But if you are gay...then you are gay. You can't change it...you can only ignore, repress, or deny it.
I feel sorry for those so-called "ex-gays" because they are never going to live a happy life. They can pretend that they are happy in their "new" life with their opposite-sex partner and their new babies....and they can even fool themselves into thinking they are straight. But deep down, they know that they are denying their natural attractions. You can't change who you are attracted to, no matter how hard you try. I don't see how the "ex-gays" can be happy because they are not free to be who they really are.
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- 1 decade ago
No. All they have done is make the choice to act according to one's nature guilt ridden.
Gays do themselves a disservice by denying there's any aspect of choice involved, and the anti-gays have benefited by using that denial against them very effectively.
Being gay is not a choice; acting to satisfy those needs is to some extent a choice and doesn't need to be defended by saying in effect that it's a compulsion.
It's a choice that should be based on whether or not it is harmful in the short or long term to the parties involved. Any designation of such a choice as a sin should be based solely on that criteria, whether made by lay people or via religious doctrine.
Such choices should be a viable option available to both gay and straight people (and the majority of those between those poles) whether motivated by compulsion or curiosity.
- 1 decade ago
Of COURSE it can. Haven't you seen Xmen 3?
Seriously, though, technology to prevent children from being born gay, or psychological techniques which can "turn" someone is probably possible, if not feasible, but is utterly unconscienable (sp?), and unlikely to come about unless a nation as twisted and well funded as, say, Nazi Germany comes about in the future.
It doesn't exist now though. How many ex-gay group leaders are now ex-straights? Lots.
- DEATHLv 71 decade ago
Anyone claiming to be an "ex-gay" is either in serious denial or weren't gay to begin with.
I don't believe sexual orientation is fluid only our acceptance and awarness of our own sexuality.
- ClintLv 71 decade ago
You can't cure something that isn't a disease. And I really do not believe in my heart of hearts that you can change it, either. You can pretend to be straight, but it'll eventually come back to haunt you.
- 1 decade ago
It can't be cured because its not a disease, as for whether or not gay people can truly be degenerated into ex-gays, I would say not really; but when you get down to it I don't know and don't care.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I don't believe anything is wrong with it, and it shouldn't be cured. But I'm sure if we got the right technology we could. Same with making right handed people left handed (can they actually do that yet?), etc.
Of course, homosexuality is so spread throughout the body it would take loads of life-threatening surgeries.