- Posted June 1, 2009 by
Panama City, Panama
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Couples on same-sex marriage
Criticizing the "experts" on human sexual orientation
My friend Dr. Alvaro Gómez Prado, also a colleague, was interviewed in a major newspaper in Panama concerning the "coming-out" process of gays.
His contention was that "sexual orientation does not change."
I read, afterwards, several critics saying that the "so-called experts" -- and Alvaro is an expert -- are wrong as sexual orientation can be changed through behaviour therapy techniques.
Well, among persons that are motivated by Christian dictates, it is very frequent to insist that the above is possible.
The truth is that each person can decide how to live its sex life, but I believe that deep inside what these religious groups want is just to make sure the person of homosexual orientation lives a life of "straight social image." They do not care about the individual as such.
In my professional experience of more than 40 years dealing with this subject I have found that people who go through the process of "sexual orientation change" develop long time permanent troubles as depression. And, eventually, they make homosexual escapades with strong fears of being discovered. And the risk of suicide is high.
I have always believed that individual mental health is more important than the wishes of a moral "majority" which does not always set the best examples.