Homosexuality is not accepted by many ethnic groups

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Homosexuality is not accepted by many ethnic groups, and the gay and lesbian community does not easily accommodate expressions of ethnic identity.b)Minority GLB youth have been found to experience greater psychological distress than non-minority GLB youth.c)Gay African-Americans can find their situation particularly troubling, as they often have to deal with the heterosexism of the African-American community and the racism of the homosexual and straight communities.d)Although many African-American lesbians report positive relationships and pleasant feelings about their sexual relationships, more than half also report feeling guilty about these relationships.D)Same-Sex Sexual Behavior in Prisona)Same-sex sexual contact between inmates, although prohibited, still occurs in prisons today; and these sexual behaviors are usually governed by a hierarchy of roles and relationships that define an inmate’s position within the prison system.
b)Situational homosexuality refers to the practice of engaging in same-sex sexual behaviors with the plan to return to heterosexual relationships exclusively once they are released from jail or leave the confines of a ship.c)Inmates speak of loving their inmate partners, and relations can become extremely intimate, even among those who return to a heterosexual life upon release.
VIIHomosexuality in Religion and the Lawa)Religion has generally been considered a bastion of anti-homosexual teachings and beliefs, often shaping laws that prohibit homosexual behaviors.A)Homosexuality and Religiona)Traditionally, Judaism and Christianity have strongly opposed homosexual behavior.b)Christian religions that are more on the liberal side include the United Church of Christ and the Metropolitan Community Churches, one of the world’s largest organizations with a primary, affirming ministry to GLBT persons.c)Other Christian religions, such as Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, and Episcopalians, have more conflict over the issue of sexual orientation, resulting in both liberal and conservative views.d)The idea that homosexuality can be changed through prayer and counseling camefrom older members with more conservative views and tend to live in the southern part of the U.S. e)While Orthodox Jews believe that homosexuality is an abomination forbidden bythe Torah, reform congregations are more likely to welcome all sexual orientations.f)Although there is no real consensus about GLB relationships among the various Buddhist sects in the U.S., Buddhism encourages relationships that are mutually loving and supportive.g)Recently religious scholars have begun to promote arguments based on religious law and even scripture that argue for a more liberal attitude toward homosexuality.B)Homosexuality and the Lawa)Throughout history, laws have existed in the Western world that prohibited homosexual behavior.b)Until 1961, all 50 states outlawed homosexual acts; however before 2003, Texas had an antisodomy law making “deviate sexual intercourse” a misdemeanor, even

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