Originally Posted by The David
Here's an interesting question (please, don't turn it into a debate): Does anyone here think it's possible (even if it's not plausible) to change one's orientation, even a little?
yes, and many people are unhappy with being gay (and NOT because of society) and often ones who have had spirtual transformations have changed their orientation. I personally believe that some, but not all gays can.
I think lesbianism is different then male homosexuality- and probably has something to do with bad experiences with men or absent father figure.
i will say this - even discussing this has been suppressed by aggressive gay lobby groups who try to shout down anyone who might have a dissenting view.
For example in the Epsicopal church - which is being destroyed by the issue - many gay people who became religious and stopped being gay wanted their voices heard - and those voices were ignored by the heads of the church which are pushing for gay marriages and annointing gay bishops (this has enraged for example, African clergy, who live much closer to AIDs and poverty than liberal wealthy US congregations)
But i believe the man who got homosexuality declassified as a disorder studied people who tried to change and determined they could.
Personally I don't condemn people who have those lifestyles but i think when they are embraced by societies at large those societies decline.
However, my main point is that pro-gay lobby groups try to make people who feel bad about being gay feel good- and don't offer them the option or try to suppress the option that changing their lifestyle might help them and be better for them, by even stifling discussion or exploration of the matter.