There are a number of common myths that surround homosexuality. Often, these myths are formed from attacks from the far right on homosexuality and similar issues. These myths can be extremely hurtful towards those who suffer from same-sex sexual orientation. In addition, the far right tends to use these myths as a way to divide society into groups; i.e., those who are heterosexual and those who are Homosexual. Here are ten of these common myths:
One: Homosexuality is a sin. This is actually one of the top ten myths about homosexuality. The premise of this myth is that it somehow invalidates all forms of sexuality and all sexual expression. Some examples of this myth include the statement that heterosexuals are not interested in or are incapable of lovemaking. As far as the definition of love is concerned, it relates to “engaging in romantic or intimate acts with another person”. Additionally, it is also important to note that this myth can be directly tied into other types of religious intolerance, such as those that stem from some religion’s view of homosexuality.
Two: Gay people do not need to accept gay marriage. Another common myth surrounding homosexuality is that there is some type of ongoing “hate group” against gay people. While there may be some people who do participate in such hate groups, they are a very small portion of the overall population and should not be taken seriously. In fact, there are far more positive examples of gay friendly policies and organizations than negative ones.
Three: If homosexuality is a sin, then why would I want to be involved in it? Perhaps one of the most common of these myths surrounding homosexuality is that, because someone is homosexual, they cannot possibly be good parents. Many of these same parents were themselves deeply involved in the community of homosexuality. It follows that if homosexuality is wrong, so is the family. This is not so and this myth has no bearing on the fact that many homosexual families adopt healthy, stable and accepting relationships.
Four: My partner or I will leave if we are not happy. This is yet another of the common myths surrounding homosexuality. Although it is true that some homosexual relationships do fail, this failure is not always the result of some outside influence. Many times, it is the result of personal problems within the couple that are not easily resolved. By making it seem as though leaving someone because you do not approve of their lifestyle is somehow wrong is part of the motivation for encouraging same-sex sexual relationships, this kind of behavior can actually thrive.
Five: Homosexuality is dangerous. This is yet another common myth surrounding homosexuality and one which is strongly encouraged in conservative circles. The research shows that homosexuality does not lead to increased rates of violence or to increased rates of imprisonment. Research shows that same-sex sexual orientation does not even lead to increased rates of substance abuse or any type of behavioral problem.
Six: Homosexuality is harmful to youth. This myth is often used to promote discrimination against homosexuals in schools and to discourage parents from accepting a child who is lesbian. Research shows that young people are simply not attracted to be gay. Being attracted to the same sex does not have anything to do with acting homosexual and, in fact, studies show that most homosexuals are extremely well-adjusted and successful at leading normal lives.
Seven: Homosexuality is dangerous to mental health. This is yet another common myth. Recent studies show that there are very few cases of mental illness related to being homosexual. In addition, the vast majority of those who are afflicted with some form of mental illness have not been sexually attracted to males. The suggestion that homosexuality is a gateway to mental illness is simply untrue and, in fact, the opposite is true.