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Homosexuality and sexual orientation

Are homosexuality and bisexuality mental illnesses?

Homosexuality and bisexuality are not mental illnesses. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the official listing of psychiatric disorders. In 1975, the American Psychological Association adopted a similar resolution. Studies show that people's sexual orientation has no bearing on their mental health and emotional stability. Homosexuality is a complete package of feelings and relationships that make up a natural and satisfying identity. Homosexuality has existed throughout humanity's existence. Anthropologists report that lesbians and gay men have been and are a part of every culture. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are part of every socioeconomic class, educational level, and race/ethnicity. When forced to remain in the closet about one's sexual orientation, a person may experience depression and other psychological problems; however, these problems stem from a homophobic society and not from sexual orientation. 

What determines sexual orientation (heterosexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality)?

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Are some people born lesbian or gay?

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Is homosexuality a phase young people go through?

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