Getting It Straight:What the Research Shows About
Homosexuality is a compilation of research findings concerning
several foundational issues with respect to homosexuality. For
decades, the public has not been "getting it straight" from the news
media, entertainment media, and academia. Instead, a number of myths
have been widely promoted and have taken root in the public
mind--myths such as:
· ten percent of the
population is homosexual,
· people are born
· homosexuality is
Getting It Straight debunks these myths--primarily by
using direct quotations from scholarly articles and publications.
Following are some examples:
Chapter 1: What Causes Homosexuality?
· "Critical review shows
the evidence favoring a biologic theory to be lacking. . . . The
inadequacies of present psychosocial explanations do not justify
turning to biology by default--especially when, at present, the
biologic alternatives seem to have no greater explanatory value. In
fact, the current trend may be to underrate the explanatory power of
extant psychosocial models."
(William Byne and Bruce Parsons, "Human Sexual Orientation: The
Biologic Theories Reappraised," Archives of General
Psychiatry, 50 (March 1993): 228, 236.)
Chapter 2: How Many Homosexuals Are There?
· "The most widely accepted
study of sexual practices in the United States is the National
Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS). The NHSLS found that 2.8% of
the male, and 1.4% of the female, population identify themselves as
gay, lesbian, or bisexual. See Laumann et al., The Social
Organization of Sex: Sexual Practices in the United States
(Lawrence v. Texas, Docket No. 02-102 (U.S. Supreme
Court), brief of amici curiae Human Rights Campaign et al., 16
January 2003, p. 16 (footnote 42).)
Chapter 3: Are Homosexuals a Disadvantaged Minority?
· "In contrast to studies
of antidiscrimination laws for women and ethnic minorities, we have
produced no evidence that employment protections for sexual
orientation directly increase average earnings for members of
(Marieka M. Klawitter and Victor Flatt, "The Effects of State and
Local Antidiscrimination Policies on Earnings for Gays and
Lesbians," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 17 (4):
Chapter 4: Is Homosexuality a Health Risk?
· "In a major Canadian
centre, life expectancy at age twenty for gay and bisexual men is
eight to twenty years less than for all men."
(Robert S. Hogg et al., "Modeling the Impact of HIV Disease on
Mortality in Gay and Bisexual Men," International Journal of
Epidemiology 26 (1997): 657.)
Chapter 5: Do Homosexual Parents Pose Risks to
· "Overall, the study has
shown that children of married couples are more likely to do well at
school, in academic and social terms, than children of cohabiting
heterosexual and homosexual couples."
(Sotirios Sarantakos, "Children in three contexts: Family,
education and social development," Children Australia, Vol.
21, No. 3, (1996): 29.)
Chapter 6: Is There a Link between Homosexuality and Child
study of 229 convicted child molesters in Archives of Sexual
Behavior found that "eighty-six percent of offenders against
males described themselves as homosexual or bisexual."
(W. D. Erickson, "Behavior Patterns of Child Molesters,"
Archives of Sexual Behavior 17 (1988): 83.)
Getting It Straight is about facts, science, and
scholarship. If the public (including the media and public
officials) can come to a more accurate understanding of what the
research shows about homosexuality, it will not necessarily dictate
a particular response or resolve the debates about the issue. But it
will, we hope, provide a more rational basis for future
Getting It Straight is primarily a reference work. Keep it
close by and refer to it whenever you want to know what the research
really shows about homosexuality.