The Human Rights Campaign Defines Sexual Orientation

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The Human Rights Campaign defines sexual orientation as “An inherent or immutable enduring emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to other people”. This is a very hot topic these days as about 3-10% of the population identifies as homosexual or any sexual orientation other than heterosexual. According to said Sandra F. Witelson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at McMaster University in Ontario: "research is pointing to basic differences in the brain between homosexual and heterosexual people that are likely there right from the beginning...These could be reflecting some genetic or hormonal factors that predetermine your sexual orientation" (Stein). "There 's been a history of jumping to conclusions and overinterpreting findings in this field." says William Byne, a professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York (Stein). History - Scientists have no idea on what it meant to be gay 10,000 years ago but “we have some idea what it meant 200 years ago” says geneticist Sven Blocklandt of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (Abrams). The terms ‘‘homosexual’’ and ‘‘homosexuality’’ were first coined in a political disquisition in 1869 by Hungarian journalist Ka´roli Ma´ria Kertbeny (Drescher). In the early 20th century, most regarded homosexuality as “pathological” or as a disease and by the mid 20th century, many psychiatrists, psychologists, and physicians were trying to “cure” homosexuality. In 1952, DSM-I (the first Diagnosis

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