Homosexuals report more health problems than the rest of the population, according to a new survey. Some analysts are quick to attribute stress from "homophobia" and lack of acceptance – but there may be a different explanation.
In the recently released study by Vanderbilt University and the University of Minnesota, homosexual and bisexual men and women reported "substantially higher rates of severe psychological distress, heavy drinking and smoking, and impaired physical health" than within the heterosexual population. According to the study, that's potentially due to the stressors those individuals experience as a result of interpersonal and structural discrimination.
However, therapist Dr. Joseph Nicolosi says it has to be more than that.
"It doesn't completely explain the incredible amount of pathology – self-defeating, self-destructive, maladaptive behaviors – that we see in the gay and lesbian population," he begins.
And discrimination, he points out, has nothing to do with the exploding rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the "gay" community. "It's not the result of society's homophobia," he shares. "It's telling us that there's something intrinsically disordered in the condition."
The licensed therapist argues that it must be taxing to keep insisting that homosexuality is normal, good, and natural when it goes against every biological, social, and moral law that God set up.
"When we're trying to sell ourselves a lie and trying to sell that lie to other people, we're constantly having to promote it – and we're constantly having to generate new lies to justify the original lie," he
And Nicolosi, who specializes in therapy for those who struggle with same-sex attraction, points out the health disparity isn't going away despite seismic and revolutionary pro-homosexual changes in culture.
"Now for the first time we have gay marriage, we have gay celebrities. Every time you turn on the TV you're going to get some pro-gay message," he observes, "and still – the pathology continues to grow and grow."
He says perhaps the Apostle Paul was right in Romans 1 when he wrote that there is a natural, physical penalty for flaunting God's design for sexuality.