How people are treated that experience same-sex attraction

Dr. Garzon (2010) points out that individuals would not willing chose to suffer with unwanted same-sex attraction if they could and I believe that this is true. This brings me to my next key theme, which is how people are treated that experience same-sex attraction. I noticed that it is difficult to suffer from unwanted same-sex attraction, and that often these individuals are not treated very well. It can be a terrible world out there for members of the LGBTQI community. Individuals in this group may experience heterosexism, or oppression that involves prejudice or discrimination based on their sexual attraction (Chaney & Marszalek, 2005). In the presentations we learned that we should approach these individuals, not with anger or hatred, but with understanding. In the presentation Jeff also discusses some styles of response that individuals going through unwanted same-sex attraction might experience such as, total tolerance (the all love and no truth approach), ridicule (the all truth and no love approach), ignorance (the denial approach), and balance (the both love and truth approach) (Garzon, 2010a). I believe that in some ways, a negative approach, such as the all truth and no love approach, towards these individuals will only push them further away from the church. Lauricella, Phillips, and Dubow (2017) point out that individuals with potential same-sex attraction use religion coping less than heterosexual individuals, sometimes because of stigmas that they face within the religious community. In fact, according to Lauricella, Phillips, and Dubow (2017) 258 out of the 260 individuals in their study reported feeling some type of religious heterosexism. I would want to make sure that I am aware these situations, because they can have a profound impact on how my clients see their current struggles.

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