Myth # 1: Homosexual men molest children.
Reality: 97% of the child sexual abuse is done
Myth # 2: Recently the number of homosexuals has
Reality: From Alfred Kinsey's studies to others
in the 1980's, the incidence of homosexuality has remained fairly constant. However, homosexuals are more visible now. With
the gay liberation movement, more homosexuals stopped keeping their preferences secret. Many more have "come out of the closet".
Myth # 3: You can always tell homosexuals by the
way they look or act. Men who act in a feminine manner must be gay. Masculine women with short haircuts and deeper voices
must be lesbians.
Reality: These stereotypes only apply to about
15 percent of male homosexuals and 5 percent of lesbians. These stereotypes confuse the concept of sexual orientation with
Myth # 4: Homosexuality is a mental illness.
Reality: While once classified as a mental illness,
both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association have removed homosexuality from their
list of mental disorders. Numerous studies have shown that homosexuality is not linked to psychological disturbance and is
in no sense a "mental problem".