Sexual & Gender Identity
At freedom2b we don’t believe heterosexual people are the only ones who are ‘normal’. While there is a huge swath of information online about sexual orientation and gender identity in general, we have picked out a few resources from some publications and well known international authorities.
- Australian Psychological Society – psychology.org.au
The Australian Psychological Society’s information page, including their position statements and recent submissions to senate enquiries on various LGBTI-related issues.
- Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists – ranzcp.org
This particular statement from the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is focused on the lack of evidence to support sexual orientation change efforts, and the harm such efforts can cause.
- Encounter the LGBTI Community – encounterlgbti.com.au
A series for professional development and training for those working with LGBTI people, or those who simply want to gain a better understanding of those they care for.
- American Psychological Association – apa.org
The American Psychological Association de-listed homosexuality from its list of disorders over 35 years ago, realising that the stigma associated with the orientation was based more on prejudice than science.
- American Psychiatric Association – healthyminds.org
The American Psychiatric Association also de-listed homosexuality from its list of disorders almost 40 years ago, and opposes any form of treatment that assumes patients should seek to change their orientation.
- What Makes People Gay? – boston.com
An in-depth article by Neil Swidey at The Boston Globe, exploring research done in the last few years on the roles that both upbringing and biology have in determining sexual orientation.
- Born Gay? – procon.org
The Nature vs. Nurture debate on sexuality is featured on ProCon.org, with detailed arguments from all sides of the debate, plus other related issues such as religion, law, and homophobia.
- Sexual Orientation: Science, Education & Policy – psychology.ucdavis.edu
A site run by Dr. Gregory Herek, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, featuring a wealth of information on biology and mental issues surrounding LGBTI people. Dr Herek has been called as witness in major discrimination cases, such as those allowing same-sex marriage in several American states.