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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 3, No. 8, August 1972 - File 013. 1972-08. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 28, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/3723/show/3716.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 3, No. 8, August 1972
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date August 1972
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).; This newspaper issue is missing pages 10-11.
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Title File 013
Transcript A THURSDAY NIGHT SPECIAL GUEST - Guess Who? Fat Girl! reflects a value judgment based on social and religious attitudes, rather than on scientific evidence. Some homosexuals, like some heterosexuals, do indeed suffer from anxiety, or other psychological difficulties. Quite often this has been brought on by pressures from a society which is intolerant and uninformed concerning homosexuality. 8. ARE HOMOSEXUALS CRIMINALS? Homosexuals are not more nor less law-abiding than the rest of the population. However, the laws of most states against oral- genital, anal and masturbatory behavior do label homosexual acts as criminal. The majority of heterosexuals would likewise be design ated criminals were such laws enforced. 9. ARE CHILDREN SEDUCED INTO HOMOSEXUALITY? Homosexual seduction is no more common than is heterosexual seduction. Numerically is is much less frequent because there are fewer homosexuals. Several surveys oost persons who engage in homosexuality during their adolescent years did so with those of approximately their own ages. Schofield reports (p. 209 See Bibliography) that of one group studied about three-quarters "had started homosexual activity with other boys before the age of seventeen; only a few were iniated by adults." s4.o° ;OMAR0a'S ,0ver*.» 001-""10 it B«»,a ; o«M 4 ttoteW U.S*" pico pot'10 CB°°itV»oda Virgin ^*Hygr? -AX- _&. SA Vfc* 10. WHAT CAUSES HOMOSEXUALITY? It is not yet knows what causes either heterosexuality or homosexuality. It has been held that heterosexuals may be hor- monally, genetically and biologically different from homosexuals. Others have argued that a young child/s emotional relationships with his parents, and those near to him will determine his sexual pattern in adulthood. Much further research will be needed before a definite answer can be 11. CAN HOMOSEXUALITY BE CURED? Since homosexuality is merely one of the variations of sexual behavior and has been considered to be quite normal in some societies during various per- periods in history a better question might be, "Should homosexuals change? If so, Why?" Available statistics indicate that large numbers of homosexuals see no reasons for wanting to change. Many of those who have tried to change have found treatment to be both long term and expensive, with results often unsatisfactory. Many therapists now favor helping individuals to accept their homosexuality, rather than to seek change. 12. IS HOMOSEXUALITY NECESSARILY A HANDICAP? No one's sexual orientation need be a handicap. Homosexuals and heterosexuals alike can lead happy, productive lives, provided they come to terms with their sexuality. For some persons, however, the social sanctions and public prejudice against homosexuality may create special problems andunhappiness. 13. IS THERE A HOMOSEXUAL PERSONALITY? None has so far been identified. Scientifically administered personality tests have not revealed any clearcut distinctions between heterosexuals and homosexuals, other than that of their sexual preference. 14. WHAT KIND OF JOBS DO HOMOSEXUALS HOLD? Like other minority groups they have tended to take those jobs having the fewer barriers. Thus, they are no more inclined to be hairdressers than negroes are to be janitors. Surveys have shown that homosexuals can be found in every occupational grouping from the ministry to professional athletics and police forces. However, the vast majority of homosexuals must take great pains not to reveal their homosexual inclinations on their jobs for their efficient and effective job performance is often no protection to them if homosexuality is suspected. 15. ARE HOMOSEXUALS CHILD MOLESTERS? The overwhelming majority of homosexuals have no interest in pre-adolescent children. There interest in adolescents if no greater or more significant than that of heterosexuals. Paederasts, those adults who do seek sexual contacts with young children present a difficult and often tragic problem but this should be clearly distinguished from homosexuality. According to studies of such offenders in prisons, the majority ofpaederastsare.orhave been, married men. 16. ARE HOMOSEXUALS AS PROMISCUOUS AS CLAIMED? Not necessarily. However, because of the nature of the social pressures they face, it is more difficult for homosexuals to establish long term stable relationships than it is for heterosexual couples. Research indicates that there are many long term homosexual relationships, sometimes referred to as "marriages." 17. WILL HAVING HETEROSEXUAL RELATIONS SOLVE ANYTHING? The homosexual who has already identified himself as such is seldom swayed by having some heterosexual experiences, particularly if they are sought out of desperation or anxiety. Homosexuals who try marriage as a way out usually end up by making not only themselves miserable but the spouse as well. Children of such marriages are also caught up in the tragedy. 18. SHOULD HOMOSEXUALS TRY TO RESIST THEIR SEX URGES? It would be as unrealistic to expect homosexuals to practice complete sexual abstinence as to expect heterosexuals to do the same. Undoubtedly some homosexuals manage, as do some heterosexuals, to remain celibate throughout their lives, but most people would find this not only impossible but undesirable. 19. WILL CLOSE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS OF THE SAME SEX LEAD TO HOMOSEXUALITY? This fear of intimate friendships, particularly between males, has had negative effects on the mental well being and normal relationships of men to each other in the estimation of many researchers. It is perfectly natural for an adult male to express love and affection for another man or for an adolescent without being homosexual. Displays of affection between males are commonplace in many countries of the world and even in the United States it is not considered inappropriate for women to show warm affection for each other. Male fear of establishing intimate relationships seems due to the prevailing tremendous misunderstanding about what homosexuality actually means. 20. WHAT DANGERS DO HOMOSEXUALS ENCOUNTER: One of the consequences of being a member of a disdained minority group is that homosexuals are frequently victimized by blackmailers and unscrupulous police. Since known homosexuals are excluded generally from employment by government agencies and from membership in the armed forces, blackmailers may threaten them with exposure. Some homosexuals Page 14
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