Same Sex Attraction Clinical Stats and Resource Sheet

Four Misconceptions Regarding Same Sex Attraction (SSA)

  1. It’s a common occurrence 1-3% of population identifies as SSA
  2. People are born this way No evidence for this based on genetics and twin studies
  3. It’s a lifestyle that’s the same as any other See Stats
  4. Change is impossible and harmful See Resources

Statistics On SSA Life Style

Facts About Youth (a project run by the American College of Pediatricians, a secular group)

Detrimental Impact of SSA Lifestyle
Stats are reported by Facts About Youth (a project run by the American College of Pediatricians, a secular group)

There are five major distinctions between gay and heterosexual relationships, with specific medical consequences.

A far-ranging study of homosexual men published in 1978 revealed that 75 percent of self-identified, white, gay men admitted to having sex with more than 100 different males in their lifetime:

15 percent claimed 100-249 sex partners;

17 percent claimed 250- 499;

15 percent claimed 500-999;

28 percent claimed more than 1,000 lifetime male sex partners.2

By 1984, after the AIDS epidemic had taken hold, homosexual men were reportedly curtailing promiscuity, but not by much.

Instead of more than 6 partners per month in 1982, the average non-monogamous respondent in San Francisco reported having about 4 partners per month in 1984.3

In more recent years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has reported an upswing in promiscuity, at least among young homosexual men in San Francisco.

From 1994 to 1997, the percentage of homosexual men reporting multiple partners and unprotected anal sex rose from 23.6 percent to 33.3 percent, with the largest increase among men under 25.4

Despite its continuing incurability, AIDS no longer seems to deter individuals from engaging in promiscuous gay sex.5

A 2003 U. S.- based, Urban Men’s Health Study, reported  that over 30% of the homosexual men studied frequented bathhouses with an average of 27 partners per year.6

In a 2003 study, Amsterdam “singles” averaged 22 casual partners/year, while those with a “steady partner” averaged eight (8).7

The average duration of partnerships was 1.5 years.

In a 2005  Canadian vaccine trial, homosexual individuals reported 7 partners in the last 6 months.8

Physical Health
Common sexual practices among gay men lead to numerous STDs and physical injuries, some of which are virtually unknown in the heterosexual population. Lesbians are also at higher risk for STDs.

Sexual transmission of some of these diseases is so rare in the exclusively heterosexual population as to be virtually unknown.

A 2010 CDC data analysis underscores the disproportionate impact of HIV and syphilis among gay and bisexual men in the United States.

The data, presented at CDC’s 2010 National STD Prevention Conference, found that the rate of new HIV diagnosis among men who have sex with men (MSM) is more than 44 times that of other men and more than 40 times that of women.

The rate of primary and secondary syphilis among MSM is more than 46 times that of other men and more than 71 times that of women.

The impact of the health consequences of gay sex is not confined to homosexual practitioners.

Even though nearly 11 million people in America are directly affected by cancer, compared to slightly more than three-quarters of a million with AIDS,39

AIDS spending per patient is more than seven times that for cancer.40

The inequity for diabetes and heart disease is even more striking.41

Consequently, the disproportionate amount of money spent on AIDS detracts from research into cures for diseases that affect more people.

The incidence of domestic violence among gay men is nearly double that in the heterosexual population

Mental Health

Multiple studies have identified high rates of psychiatric illness, including depression, drug abuse and suicide attempts, among self-professed gays and lesbians.1

Some proponents of GLB rights in US have blamed homophobia as the reason for this

Study from the Netherlands challenges this.

The Dutch are very open and supportive of SSA lifestyle.

Still found significantly higher mental health rates.

Compared to controls who had no homosexual experience in the 12 months prior to the interview, males who had any homosexual contact within that time period were much more likely to experience major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Females with any homosexual contact within the previous 12 months were more often diagnosed with major depression, social phobia or alcohol dependence.

In fact, those with a history of homosexual contact had higher rates of nearly all psychiatric pathologies measured in the study.5

The researchers found “that homosexuality is not only associated with mental health problems during adolescence and early adulthood, as has been suggested, but also in later life.

Life Span

The only epidemiological study to date on the life span of gay men concluded that gay and bisexual men lose up to 20 years of life expectancy.

The damaging effects of cigarette smoking pale in comparison -cigarette smokers lose on average about 13.5 years of life expectancy

Suicide rates among a San Francisco cohort were 3.4 times higher than the general U.S. male population in 1987


94 percent of married people and 75 percent of cohabiting people had only one partner in the prior year.

Gay men reportedly have sex with someone other than their partner in 66 percent of relationships within the first year,

Rising to approximately 90 percent if the relationship endures over five years.5,6

And the average gay or lesbian relationship is short lived.

Only 15 percent of gay men and 17.3 percent of lesbians had relationships that lasted more than three years.

Impact on kids

Consider the detrimental impact of domestic violence, substantial abuse, suicide on

children in the family

Also creates confusion as to typical masculinity and femininity, self-identity

A study in Developmental Psychology found that 12 percent of the children of lesbians became active lesbians themselves, a rate which is at least four times the base rate of lesbianism in the adult female population.

The rate of homosexuality in the sons (9 percent) is several times higher than that suggested by the population-based surveys and is consistent with a degree of father-to-son transmission.

Overall rate is somewhere between 1-3%


Clear statistical indication that the SSA lifestyle has increased health risks when compared to traditional marriage

Again, these stats are being reported by a secular group.

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