There are many misconceptions and myths surrounding the LGBTQ community about their gender and sexual identity. This is especially the case when it comes to the issue of relationship and sex. Unfortunately, many medics and clinicians often believe the myths surrounding the LGBTQ community and this can be devastating on the health of the community and its individual members.
Here are some of the most common myths surrounding the LGBTQ community and how you can help to fight them with compassion and knowledge.
1. Being LGBTQ+ Isn’t Natural
It’s a natural thing for bisexual, gay men and lesbians to have relations and sexual attraction to their own gender. It’s also normal for bisexuals to have an attraction for an opposite gender. There are transgender people that consider themselves bisexual or homosexual. There are also some that consider themselves as heterosexual.
What we should all accept is that acting on these feelings that individuals in the LGBTQ+ community have is natural. Forcing individuals or a whole community to hide their true selves can cause a lot of pain.
2. Teachers That Are Part Of The LGBTQ Community Aren’t Good Role Models
Many people fear and believe that homosexual teachers may have a negative effect on the sexual orientation of the students they teach. However, there isn’t any evidence that this is actually true. People don’t learn how to be LGBTQ, they just are. In fact, most LGBTQ students have been raised by a typically heterosexual society or family.
3. Only Gays, Bisexuals, And Lesbians Have Same-Sex Attraction
Most adults (heterosexuals included), often have attraction/fantasies, and deep feelings concerning both sexes. Studies have over time confirmed that heterosexual and homosexual people both have varied sexual experiences with people of the same gender.
Also, it’s true that most sex play amongst preadolescents is amongst members of the same sex. It occurs as a result of the natural exploration of one’s sexuality and their body. If homosexuality was something that people learn, then the number of homosexuals worldwide would be much greater. It isn’t possible to make anyone a homosexual.
4. Homosexuality Is A Choice
Most members of the LGBTQ community feel that they didn’t have a choice when identifying as LGBTQ. They are aware of having feelings about the same-sex when they were younger or the feelings seem to have become more solidified and pronounced during their adult or adolescent years. The most significant choice members of the LGBTQ community make is whether to suppress the feelings they have or live a well-balanced and full life with their same-sex partner.
5. There’s A Set LGBTQ Lifestyle
Individuals in the LGBTQ community live varied lifestyles just like the heterosexual community. They can be married, living happy single lives, in long-term relationships, or dating. LGBTQ individuals can live in various locations and be members of different professional bodies. There’s nothing like a lifestyle specifically for LGBTQ people. Individuals are all allowed to create unique lifestyles they can be comfortable living with.
Even though there are many myths about the LGBTQ community, it’s important we learn about the community to avoid misunderstandings, hurting someone, or acting in ignorance. One of the most believed myth about the LGBTQ community is that they are promiscuous.
However, this isn’t true. Just like heterosexuals, LGBTQ individuals are just as capable of being celibate or leading committed, monogamous relationships with their partners.