Myth 3: Gay people can change.

This myth is loaded with judgments about sexuality, relationships and how things should be. This myth tells us that LGBTQ people need to change to be like everyone else.

FALSE IMPLICATIONS:

  • There is something wrong with LGBTQ people, they need to be fixed
  • If LGBTQ people want to fit in, they need to change
  • LGBTQ people who do not change are not really trying.

An Apology: Reparative Therapy does not Work

FACT

Research findings do not support the idea that sexual orientation can be purposefully altered — taught or learned through social means — or that non-heterosexual orientations become more common with increased social tolerance.

Source: Bailey J, Vasey P, Diamond L, Breedlove S, Vilain E, Epprecht M. Sexual Orientation, Controversy, and Science. Psychological Science in the Public Interest. 2016.

The Science of Sexual Orientation

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