On a semi-related note, I noticed something quite interesting as I was working on a paper today. My research has nothing to do with the whole same-gender attraction issue, however, it does requires me to use the American Psychological Association's publication manual. I was looking through the index for something else, and I noticed an entry under gay men.
Here is the APA
's guidelines on the subject, in part:
"...Sexual behavior should be distinguished from sexual orientation; some men and women engage in sexual activities with others of their own sex but do not consider themselves to be gay or lesbian. In contrast the terms heterosexual
currently are used to describe both identity and behavior; adjectives are preferred to nouns. Same-gender, male-male, female-female,
and male-female sexual behavior
are appropriate terms for specific intances of sexual behavior in which people engage, regardless of their sexual orientation (e.g., a married heterosexual man who once had a same-gender encounter)."
Now, I am certainly not citing this as a basis for denial of any rights. However, I did recieve a little flak for claiming that same-gender sexual behavior was separate from identity. I just wanted to say that the APA
backs me up. Thank you very much.