(Quote) Marge-938695 said:
I think the drug use is a result or consequence. A real homosexual must know he/she is not normal...
(Quote) Marge-938695 said:
I think the drug use is a result or consequence. A real homosexual must know he/she is not normal (just as an alcoholic knows he's not normal) and must use drugs to escape that fact. Similarly, those who aren't "real" homosexuals must know their actions are contrary to nature and an abuse of the body...and must use drugs to escape that fact.
Its part of the lifestyle, the risk taking. Generally its homosexual men who once would have headed down to some seedy park to meet up with random strangers. Now its through the internet. Recently in the town I'm living in, they said that Syphallis has exploded, especially in the homosexual community because of social networking sites where you can meet people for causual sexual encounters. ITs the same in heterosexuals, if they engage in one risky behaviour, they'll usually be involved in others, or find it easy to slip into others. THey have a lot of sex, they'll end up taking drugs and boozing. They booze and take drugs, obviously they'll be too out of it to make rational decisions and end up having lots of sex.
They also meet in pubs and bars, there will be huge amounts of alcohol, there'll be drugs. Plus, really, its a way of numbing the pain, isn't it? There's also a higher rate of infidelity amongst same sex couples, huge rates of domestic violence in lesbian relationships. A lesbian friend of mine said basically she'll just take what she can get until someone better comes along. The process of meeting people in their communities are generally in unhealthy venues.
Subsquently, I saw an interesting study a while back that found that while suicide levels amongst gay teens were higher than those who identified as straight, the levels of bullying in those situations was considerably less than teens who were more likely to contemplate and acheive suicide - ie. minority groups. In fact, one study out of Canada last month found that teens generally didn't consider homosexuals as targets for bullying, they'd rather go after the fat kid or the black kid or the kid with braces or a hijab before they'd go after a "queer".
So obviously there's more then just "be nice to gays and they need to fit in otherwise they'll kill themselves" going on. It stands to reason that there's a serious chemical imbalance in the brain that is causing not only the same sex attraction but also the mental illnesses and self-harming.
Of course, here's the kicker, if society and science views homosexuality as just another healthy flavour of human sexuality, then no one's going to do any really solid studies into the subject, and those that do study it with intent of viewing it as a legitamit mental illness will be called biased, bigotted, homophobic et cetera, but the pro-gay society we currently reside within.