Stereotypes of Homosexuality

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Currently across the whole world, the topic of homosexuality is being discussed. As we sleep there are people working to protect the rights of homosexuals.

In our society we often want to put people in to groups which social psychologist call categorization and the process by which we place people in groups based on their characteristics that they have in common is called social categorization. With this process of categorization beliefs that are associated with groups of people with certain traits are formed which are called stereotypes. Often with these stereotypes people create misconceptions because stereotypes are generalized over the whole group, creating the illusion that all of the people in the group are like that when no two people are the same; thus forming an in-group and out-group separation between the heterosexuals being the in-group and the out-group being all homosexuals.  Homosexuality have stigmas (traits of individuals that are considered socially unacceptable) causing a lot of up row of what people believe that homosexuality is; causing the whole world to discuss the right of homosexuals.

Below are some common stereotypes:

Stereotypes:

Facts:

“Children raised by same-sex couples will end up gay themselves”

Those studies similarly found no difference in outcomes for the children as compared with children of heterosexual parents

“HIV started with two Gay men”

In fact HIV started with the hunting of chimpanzee in West Africa. They believe that the chimpanzee version of the immunodeficiency virus (called simian immunodeficiency virus or SIV) most likely was transmitted to humans and mutated into HIV when humans hunted these chimpanzees for meat and came into contact with their infected blood. Over decades, the virus slowly spread across Africa and later into other parts of the world.

“People only became homosexuals because they were “converted” by a homosexual”

Study shows that there is a genetic component to being homosexual, that the hypothalamus differs between heterosexual and homosexual men.

“Homosexuals will not make good parents”

Homosexual parents “tend to be more motivated, more committed than heterosexual parents on average, because they chose to be parents” stated Abbie Goldberg, a psychologist at Clark University in Massachusetts who researches gay and lesbian parenting.

“Homosexuals choose to be gay”

This is not often the case, often times homosexuals feel as though they have always been gay because the brain influences your sexual preference even before you were born.

 

As the world comes to its decision on whether or not the rights of homosexuals should be represented here are some helpful facts to enlighten you on homosexuals:

  • Same-sex relationships have been found in nearly every culture throughout history with varying degrees of acceptance
  • About one million children are raised by same-sex couples
  • There is an estimate of 8.8 million gays and lesbian in the United States.
  • Gay people tend to be left-handed much more often than heterosexuals
  • The first published piece about homosexuality by an African American writer is the short story “Smoke, Lilies and Jade” by Bruce Nugent
  • California became the first state to pass a bill requiring public schools to teach the historical accomplishments of gay men and lesbians