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What does social science research tell us about homosexuality? Does this knowledge affect public policy? Despite scholarly research, homosexuality continues to be the subject of an intense, and often bitter, debate.
This volume summarizes academic knowledge about homosexuality and its relevance for public policy. Topics addressed include the nature and causes of sexual orientations; the reasons homosexuality is not an illness; the ethics of various mental health approaches to homosexuality; the effects of social and legal discrimination; newer biological and psychological understandings of homosexuality; homosexuals as parents; and the implications of the AIDS epidemic.
Introduction - John C Gonsiorek and James D Weinrich The Definition and Scope of Sexual Orientation - John C Gonsiorek and James D Weinrich Homosexuality, Nature, and Biology - John A W Kirsch and James D Weinrich Is Homosexuality Natural? Does it Matter?
Masculinity and Femininity in Homosexuality - Richard C Pillard
'Inversion' Revisited Strange Customs, Familiar Lives - James D Weinrich and Walter L Williams Homosexualities in Other Cultures Stigma, Prejudice, and Violence Against Lesbians and Gay Men - Gregory M Herek Sexual Orientation and the Law - Rhonda R Rivera Psychological and Medical Treatments of Homosexuality - Charles Silverstein The Empirical Basis for the Demise of the Illness Model of Homosexuality - John C Gonsiorek Constructionism and Morality in Therapy for Homosexuality - Gerald C Davison Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy for Gay Men and Lesbians - Douglas C Haldeman A Scientific Examination Homosexual Identity - John C Gonsiorek and James R Rudolph Coming Out and Other Developmental Events Lesbian and Gay Relationships - Letitia Anne Peplau Lesbian Mothers and Gay Fathers - G Dorsey Green and Frederick W Bozett Partner Notification as an Instrument for HIV Control - Edmund F Dejowski et al AIDS Prevention and Public Policy - John C Gonsiorek and Michael Shernoff Conclusions - John C Gonsiorek