Queer Science, From Alan Turing To Sally Ride

There are 10 comments on the International Business Times story from Jul 28, 2012, titled Queer Science, From Alan Turing To Sally Ride. In it, International Business Times reports that:

The late astronaut Sally Ride came out of the closet this week with neither a bang nor a whimper, but with a quiet, matter-of-fact phrase released after her death that identified Tam O'Shaughnessy, a former science teacher and science writer, as her partner of 27 years.

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#1 Jul 29, 2012
So what?Is there a problem?

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#2 Jul 29, 2012
I guess so! Just ask Lynn Conway. She spent almost her entire working life in stealth.
Regards, Terri
dondelero

El Segundo, CA

#3 Jul 29, 2012
People who are gay accomplish what they do in spite of their homosexuality, not because of it.

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#4 Jul 29, 2012
dondelero wrote:
People who are gay accomplish what they do in spite of their homosexuality, not because of it.
In spite of all the irrational prejudice, legal discrimination, and hate.

Unfortunately, many do not have the support systems that help them overcome the prejudice.

"The research, published in the January Pediatrics (Vol. 123, No. 1), found that LGB adults who reported high rates of parental rejection in their teens were 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide, 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression, 3.4 times more likely to use illegal drugs, and 3.4 times more likely to have had unprotected sex than LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection, reports the study team, headed by Caitlin Ryan, PhD, of San Francisco State University.

"Because families play such a critical role in child and adolescent development, it is not surprising that adverse, punitive and traumatic reactions from parents and caregivers would have such a negative influence on [young people's] risk behaviors and health status as young adults," the authors write.

Preliminary results are promising: "We've seen that families can grow and become more supportive once they've learned how their words, actions and behaviors affect their LGBT children," she says."
dondelero

El Segundo, CA

#5 Jul 29, 2012
In all other disiplines of medicine that are concerned with human disorders, such as autism, aspergers, etc, there will exist persons who suffer from that disorder, who in some manner, contribute to finding a cure for that disorder.
Homosexuality is the only disorder in which persons who suffer from that disorder, actively inhibit and discourage any research for a cure.

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#6 Jul 29, 2012
dondelero wrote:
In all other disiplines of medicine that are concerned with human disorders, such as autism, aspergers, etc, there will exist persons who suffer from that disorder, who in some manner, contribute to finding a cure for that disorder.
Homosexuality is the only disorder in which persons who suffer from that disorder, actively inhibit and discourage any research for a cure.
Untrue on many levels: Not a disorder, yet many who have been involved in trying to change are gay, trying to excape the irrational prejudice you promote.

"The idea that homosexuality is a mental disorder or that the emergence of same-sex attraction and orientation among some adolescents is in any way abnormal or mentally unhealthy has no support among any mainstream health and mental health professional organizations.

Despite the general consensus of major medical, health, and mental health professions that both heterosexuality and homosexuality are normal expressions of human sexuality, efforts to change sexual orientation through therapy have been adopted by some political and religious organizations and aggressively promoted to the public. However, such efforts have serious potential to harm young people because they present the view that the sexual orientation of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth is a mental illness or disorder, and they often frame the inability to change one’s sexual orientation as a personal and moral failure.

Because of the aggressive promotion of efforts to change sexual orientation through therapy, a number of medical, health, and mental health professional organizations have issued public statements about the dangers of this approach. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of Social Workers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises youth that counseling may be helpful for you if you feel confused about your sexual identity. Avoid any treatments that claim to be able to change a person’s sexual orientation, or treatment ideas that see homosexuality as a sickness."

Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation and Youth [APP]

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#7 Jul 29, 2012
"Contrary to claims of sexual orientation change advocates and practitioners, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of psychological interventions to change sexual orientation," said Judith M. Glassgold, PsyD, chair of the task force. "Scientifically rigorous older studies in this area found that sexual orientation was unlikely to change due to efforts designed for this purpose. Contrary to the claims of SOCE practitioners and advocates, recent research studies do not provide evidence of sexual orientation change as the research methods are inadequate to determine the effectiveness of these interventions." Glassgold added: "At most, certain studies suggested that some individuals learned how to ignore or not act on their homosexual attractions. Yet, these studies did not indicate for whom this was possible, how long it lasted or its long-term mental health effects. Also, this result was much less likely to be true for people who started out only attracted to people of the same sex."

Based on this review, the task force recommended that mental health professionals avoid misrepresenting the efficacy of sexual orientation change efforts when providing assistance to people distressed about their own or others' sexual orientation.

Insufficient Evidence that Sexual Orientation Change Efforts Work, Says [American Psychological Association]

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#8 Jul 29, 2012
No,No,No, You're mixing homosexuality with Transexuality. They are not the same thing, not even close! It's very ego satisfying to blabber on about what you think is the problem and drop names like Autism and Aspergers, but it's a lot of crap!It doesn't do a thing for people who suffer from Transexuality. Who are so distraught about it that they are thinking of taking their own lives. Now do something constructive!
Regards, Terri
dondelero wrote:
In all other disiplines of medicine that are concerned with human disorders, such as autism, aspergers, etc, there will exist persons who suffer from that disorder, who in some manner, contribute to finding a cure for that disorder.
Homosexuality is the only disorder in which persons who suffer from that disorder, actively inhibit and discourage any research for a cure.

“I beleave in reason not god”

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#9 Jul 29, 2012
Not Yet Equal wrote:
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Untrue on many levels: Not a disorder, yet many who have been involved in trying to change are gay, trying to excape the irrational prejudice you promote.
"The idea that homosexuality is a mental disorder or that the emergence of same-sex attraction and orientation among some adolescents is in any way abnormal or mentally unhealthy has no support among any mainstream health and mental health professional organizations.
Despite the general consensus of major medical, health, and mental health professions that both heterosexuality and homosexuality are normal expressions of human sexuality, efforts to change sexual orientation through therapy have been adopted by some political and religious organizations and aggressively promoted to the public. However, such efforts have serious potential to harm young people because they present the view that the sexual orientation of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth is a mental illness or disorder, and they often frame the inability to change one’s sexual orientation as a personal and moral failure.
Because of the aggressive promotion of efforts to change sexual orientation through therapy, a number of medical, health, and mental health professional organizations have issued public statements about the dangers of this approach. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of Social Workers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises youth that counseling may be helpful for you if you feel confused about your sexual identity. Avoid any treatments that claim to be able to change a person’s sexual orientation, or treatment ideas that see homosexuality as a sickness."
Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation and Youth [APP]
remove the phase not a disorder. and everything you said can be applied to pediphiles

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#10 Sep 7, 2012
freethinker1957 wrote:
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remove the phase not a disorder. and everything you said can be applied to pediphiles
Not even close. No mainstream medical or mental health organization recognizes pedophilia as a normal expression of human bonding. We are talking about adult relationships based on mutual consent, respect, and attraction. Pedophilia is none of those things.

Your attempt at demonization fails to provide any legitimate governmental interest sufficient for denial of equal rights as required by the constitution.

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