Here are some questions people sometimes have.
Can gay, lesbian, and bisexual people get some kind of treatment
to change their sexual orientation?
I can't change,
even if I tried,
even if I wanted to.
No. Like heterosexuals, gay, lesbian, and bisexual people don't feel they can choose their sexual orientation. Most are satisfied to be who they are. They would not wish to become heterosexual. NO "treatment," repeat, no treatment has been shown to change a person's sexual orientation. There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation.
Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles.
Click also here on the Forum post
Please don't make me!
How is sexual orientation determined?
No one knows exactly how sexual orientation is determined. However, experts agree that it is a complicated matter of genetics, biology, psychological and social factors. For most people, sexual orientation and gender identity are shaped at any early age. While research has not determined a cause, homosexuality is not the result of any one factor like parenting or past experiences. It is never anyone's "fault" if they or their loved one grows up to be gay.
Are there biological factors that can cause homosexuality?
SCIENTISTS are hard at work to try to find genetic causes for homosexuality. Would it not be a relief to find that we are not responsible for our sexual orientation but are merely victims of biology? It is true that our genes may influence us in one way or another.
There was an interesting research study
claiming that biological factors can drive homosexuality.
It appeared in 2019. Click on this link to read the article.
As gay Jehovah's Witnesses, there are things we must take into consideration. The Bible says at Proverbs 29:22 - "A man prone to anger stirs up strife; Anyone disposed to rage commits many transgressions." And at Titus 1:7 Paul wrote that an overseer should not be "prone to anger." What does "prone to anger" mean? It can be defined as "having a natural inclination or tendency to something." And what can "natural" indicate? It implies inborn or inherent qualities. The short answer is that anger can run in families, and genetics can indeed play a role—which might help to explain why a person has angry inclinations.
So then, we rightly ask,
"Can a person be prone to homosexuality?"
There may be biological factors that drive homosexuality.
So then, are we gay Jehovah’s Witnesses helpless and even excused from obeying Jehovah’s standards regarding homosexuality, especially if, for us, we do feel biological factors have been involved as to why we are gay? (See the Forum post “God’s View of Homosexuality.” Click on the title to go directly to the post) Consider this, too. If a person by nature, meaning as a result of inborn or inherent qualities " is "prone to anger," can he give free rein (unrestricted freedom of action) to his anger and still be pleasing God? What are a few things fits of anger can lead to?
Hostility, being ready for a fight all the time. Hostile people are often stubborn, impatient, hotheaded, or have an "attitude." They are frequently in fights or may say they feel like hitting something or someone.
Violent behavior, engaging in verbal threats or relatively minor incidents, but over time it can involve physical harm. Violent behavior is very damaging, both physically and emotionally. Violent behavior can include physical, verbal, or sexual abuse of an intimate partner (domestic violence), a child (child abuse), or an older adult (elder abuse).
Violence causes more injury and death in children, teenagers, and young adults than infectious disease, cancer, or birth defects. Murder, suicide, and violent injury are the leading causes of death in children. Violence with guns is one of the leading causes of death of children and teenagers in the United States.
Remember what we noted in Proverbs 29:22- "Anyone disposed to rage commits many transgressions." And Paul wrote to the Galatians at Galatians 5:19-21 - "Now the works of the flesh are plainly seen, and they are sexual immorality,... fits of anger, .... I am forewarning you about these things, the same way I already warned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit God’s Kingdom." So, just as a man "prone to anger" must control his anger, his fits of rage, even if there is a biological cause for his anger; likewise, a ho