It has become politically incorrect to give anything other than LGBTQ related resources to children and adolescents who are “questioning” their sexual orientation and gender role. It is currently politically correct to tell them to experiment with their sexuality and “to be who they think they are.” However, the facts support the position that questioning children and teens will have fewer health risks if they identify with their biological gender and a heterosexual orientation. The facts also show that “questioning” children and teens can be guided to identify with their biological gender and a heterosexual orientation.
1. Homosexual relationships are more unstable than heterosexual relationships (Michael et al., 1994). Homosexuals statistically use more drugs and alcohol than heterosexuals (CDC, 2016, Substance abuse), and are more likely to attempt suicide (CDC, 2016, Suicide). The health risks are greater for homosexuals in general, and in light of published CDC statistics on HIV and gay males, male homosexuality should be considered a health crisis (CDC, 2016, HIV). These are
good reasons to guide children toward heterosexual identity.
2. Approximately, half of all children and adolescents who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual in their youth or who engage in homosexual behavior in their youth, do not do so in adulthood. The results of a comprehensive survey published in 1994 showed that 9 percent of males had had a homosexual experience since puberty, but only 5 percent had at least one homosexual experience after the age of eighteen (Michael et al., 1994). Although 9 percent of males had had a homosexual experience before the age of eighteen, only 2.8 percent of the adult males identified
themselves as gay or bisexual (Michael et al., 1994). The same study showed that 4 percent of the women surveyed had had at least one homosexual experience after the age of eighteen, but only 1.4 percent identified as lesbian or bisexual (Michael et al., 1994). To justify the new LGBTQ guidance policy the Democrats on Michigan’s State Board of Education emphasized the statistic that 8.5 percent of Michigan’s high school students identified as lesbian, gay, or
bisexual. They did not acknowledge the probability that if the students were left to their own natural development, fewer than half of these students would identify as LGB in adulthood.
Former Republican State Board of Education member Dr. Richard Zeile brought this reality to the Board’s attention in 2016. He acknowledged the statistic that 8.5 percent of Michigan high school students identified as LGB, then brought up the fact that Gallup Polls have consistently shown only 3.4 percent of the adult population identify as LGB (Zeile, 2016).
These are all good reasons for schools to help boys identify with their masculinity and girls to identify with their femininity. LGBTQ biased curriculum and counselors are more likely to do just the opposite; to move questioning students toward LGBTQ identification and to align these kids with LGBTQ interests.
3. In addition to the previous statistics that showed many questioning kids gravitate to heterosexuality through a natural process of maturation, many have been guided to heterosexuality through professional help. This fact has been suppressed by LGBTQ political interest groups in the mental health associations. Many professionals have reported helping patients change their sexual orientation. (Note 1) One in particular, Dr. Robert Stoller, reported success with young children, “Our group, concentrating on very feminine boys (those we think are transsexuals …), has regularly been able to diminish or remove that behavior” (Stoller, 1978, p. 554). A transgender identity and homosexual orientation can be changed. That is a good reason to guide questioning youth toward an identity with their biological sex and a heterosexual
orientation. If a school does not have a program to help questioning kids to identify with their biological gender and respective masculinity or femininity, it is failing these kids and their parents.
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