Research Papers on Homosexuality

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  • Processes of Gay Identity Development

    An 11 page research paper that explores the processes involved in developing a positive gay/lesbian identity. David Leavitt's short story "Territory" describes and suggests a great deal about the problematic nature of relationships that young gays and lesbians have with their families or origin and how this affects their sense of identity. Within the course of Leavitt's narrative, a young man makes the final transition from an insecure adolescent identity toward a more positive fully-adult identity that is inclusive of his sexual orientation. The issues raised by Leavitt provide a rough framework for further discussion about the problems inherent in establishing a sense of an adult-self within the context of alternative sexual orientation. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Policy of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and Gays in the Military

    A 14 page examination of a very complex issue. The author asserts the military's approach is short-sited. The military must open its eyes and look to other professional arenas where the issue of homosexuality has taken a more visible stance. Despite the continued protest from those that oppose allowing alternate sexual orientation to surface in the military, the military is a place of employment and the same concerns which arise in regard to homosexual right emerge there just as they do among civilians. One's sexual orientation does not impact one's ability to do a job. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Social Barriers of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

    A 5 page discussion of the numerous societal barriers and limitations which are put in place on the basis of race, gender, and sexual orientation. Contends that since the advent of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, societal restrictions and limitations made on the basis of gender and race have slowly lessened. The reason for this change is the willingness of individuals to stand up for their basic rights, to exert their differences and to insist that there be no societal differentiation based on those differences. While there has been tremendous progress in regard to societal equality of the races and genders, however, there are still many barriers and limitations which are imposed on such factors as sexual orientation. The author contends that these restrictions and limitations can be overcome as well. All that is needed is the willingness to do so and the fortitude to stand in the face of all resistance. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Literature Review on Sexual Orientation and Risk of Suicide

    This 7 page paper looks at several studies on suicide as it respects sexual orientation. Literature on the subject is presented and Durkheim's findings on suicide are briefly introduced as a springboard for discussion. Statistics are provided. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • 'Coming Out of the Closet' and Homosexuality

    A 7 page paper which examines the trauma and stress associated with gays both before and after revealing their sexual orientation. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Sexually Deviantl Behavior

    This 9 page paper asks whether or not there is such a thing as deviant sexual behavior. How the psychological community treats homosexuality and other supposed deviant behaviors is evaluated. Societal norms are discussed. Well known theorists such as Foucault are referenced. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Sexual Identity Politics

    A 3 page paper which discusses how different groups and individuals have involved political claims in relationship to their sexual identity. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Laws of the United Kingdom

    This 8 page paper considers the cases of R v Ministry of Defence ex parte Smith, [1996] IRLR 347 as well as Lustig-Prean and Beckett v United Kingdom (1999) [Application Nos 31417/96 and 32377/96] and compares the findings of the national court with that of the European court. These cases involved serving remembers of the armed forces that were administratively discharged as they were found to be homosexual. The bibliography cites 7 sources.

  • Literature and Homosexuality

    A 21 page paper which examines E.M. Forster's "Maurice" and Radclyffe Hall's "The Well of Loneliness" as they involve conditions of homosexuality. Bibliography lists 5 additional sources.

  • The Netherlands and the Law's Role in the Development of Social Attitudes Regarding Euthanasia and Gay Rights

    This is a 9 page paper discussing how the homosexual right laws and euthanasia laws in The Netherlands reflect society’s attitudes. Two basic perspectives are considered in regards to the role of the law in society. One is that the role of the law is to reflect society’s attitudes and throughout the process of social change through history, so too will the law reflect these changes. On the other hand, some governments or countries believe that the role of the law is to force or control social change. In the latter case, the law may or may not change through the process of social change. In today’s society, laws generally reflect society’s attitudes and social change as can be seen in the constantly changing, amending, updating and reversal of many of the laws which used to be enforced. These transitions in the law as a reflection of social change can be seen in some of the recent changes in laws pertaining to homosexual partnerships and euthanasia in The Netherlands. Changes in the law reflect societal attitudes to the extent where countries which have changed their laws to suit society’s changing attitudes are seen as more open and accepting of societal changes than those which do not. There are also some countries in which the law remains a controlling force for social change as seen in the one child policy in China. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • History of the LGBT Movement

    A 5 page review of a few of the many accomplishments that this movement has enjoyed over the last thirty years. The author emphasizes members of this movement still encounter rigid resistance in many arms of American society. For some members of this movement this resistance is greater than for others. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Literature for Young Adults and Homosexuality

    This 6 page personal essay discusses homosexuality and the fact that it should be presented in young adult literature along with any other issue that will have an impact on a young person’s life. The author points out that there are people who think of it as a the most heinous of sins “against nature” and others who believe it is of no more relevance than the color of one’s eyes. And, of course, there are others who are convinced that they “aren’t bothered” by gays and lesbians but don’t understand why “they can’t just keep to themselves.” Each of these attitudes are attitudes which have evolved as the result of personal experience and belief systems, most of which were established before a person reached adulthood. What an adolescent or teen reads serves as an important component in shaping his or her beliefs. To deny that homosexuality exists r to declare it as a perversion or sin only serves to negate the existence of an entire group of people. No sources listed.

  • Jewish Literature and the Jewish Family's Decline

    A five page discussion of the insights into Jewish families that can be found in Michael Gold's "Jews Without Money" and Tony Kushner's "Angels in America". Both authors are Jewish but both present Jews in a slightly different light than might be expected. Both depict a move away from traditional Jewish morals and mores. No additional sources are listed.

  • Fictional Family Unit and Application of Family Theory

    A 26 page paper dissecting the family depicted in the movie “The Birdcage” for the purpose of assessing according to family and nursing theory. The paper briefly describes the film and applicability of nursing theory and intervention both to individual family members and to the family unit as a whole. The largest section of the paper evaluates the family in terms of Friedemann’s Family Assessment (long form). The paper concludes that even though the family depicted (a middle-aged gay couple and a grown heterosexual son) carries a nontraditional appearance, it is nonetheless highly traditional in terms of values and commitment to other family members. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • 20th Century Theology, Homosexuality, and the Church

    A 7 page paper on the issues surrounding the gay community's search for an arena where it can express both its spirituality and its sexuality. The paper provides historical background on homophobia within the Judeo-Christian tradition and traces some of the developments and contributions of ‘gay theology today.' Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Homosexuality and Family Acceptance

    A 6 page essay/research paper that looks at Gloria Feliciano's play "Between Blessings," which is a poignant account of a twenty-eight year old Puerto Rican son, Diego, finally telling his proud, macho, traditionalist father that he is gay. In this work, Feliciano's use of language and dramatic devices serves to expand the scope of the play beyond the immediate domestic situation between father and son and, in so doing, brings up issues of culture and religiosity, specifically the stand of the Roman Catholic Church on homosexuality. This factor of the play is achieved by framing the confrontation between Diego and his father within scenes that feature a family friend, Father David, a priest who is also homosexual. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Homosexuality and Latin American Gender Roles

    This 8 page paper discusses the societal views toward gender roles and homosexuality in the history of Latin America. Specific examples given. Quotes cited from texts. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Homosexuality and How It Evolved

    This 17 page paper argues against evolutionary psychology, citing a theory by Stephen Jay Gould. Gould's ideas are discussed, as are the precepts of evolutionary psychology. Homosexuality is discussed in the context of the theories provided. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • U.S. Discrimination Against Gays

    This 6 page paper discusses the various forms of prejudice, past and present, that homosexuals in the United States face. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Treatment of Homosexuals During the Holocaust

    This 9 page paper looks at the Holocaust and how homosexuals were treated. Clearly, the Nazis had an anti-gay bent, but should homosexuals be thought of as a people who have suffered similar to the way that Jews are considered today? This paper explores the topic. Facts and figures are included. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Gays Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Serve in the Military

    This 4 page paper is written in the form of a letter from a constituent to his senator. It argues against current military policy on gays. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Social Problems of Homosexual Behavior

    A 5 page review of the many social problems that are encountered as a result of homosexual behavior. This paper contends that while the tendency is to blame these problems on homophobia, they really result from social policies implemented for very real concerns about the unhealthy and aberrant nature of homosexuality. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Should Gays Be Allowed to Adopt?

    This 3 page paper explores both sides of the controversy surrounding gay adoption. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Homosexuality in the Male From a Clinical Perspective

    This 5 page report discusses the 14th chapter titled “Clinical Aspects of Male Homosexuality” by psychoanalyst Irving Bieber who studied homosexuality and taken from the text “The View of the Clinician.” The report then compares Bieber’s approach to that of Sigmund Freud and the ways in which Freud’s ideas were transmuted into those of analysts such as Bieber. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Arguing Against Parenting by Homosexuals

    This 4 page paper examines the issue of gay parenting and argues that it is wrong due to several reasons. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Homosexuality in the Works of Oscar Wilde

    7 pages in length. Did Oscar Wilde's homosexual tendencies provide the author with a hidden theme throughout his works? Some have argued that the author's anxieties with regard to his own homosexuality represents a subtle but obvious enough underlying theme. Although the characters in Oscar Wilde's stories are all in heterosexual relationships, critics contend that there exists an undercurrent of homosexual desire between and among the main characters. They cite that in many of his works, exposure of a secret sin or indiscretion and consequent disgrace is central in design, clearly symbolizing the author's penchant toward homosexuality throughout his literary creations. The writer discusses how one only needs to peruse the myriad pages of Wilde's works in order to ascertain the truth: there is no homosexual reference, hidden or otherwise. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Society, Power, Gender and Sexuality

    22 pages in length. Termed the battle of the sexes, struggles between the male and female gender have existed since the time of man. Neanderthal populations were segregated by gender no differently than contemporary society is today, with the only appreciable distinction between the two eras being that of a chink in the patriarchal armor that occurred during the twentieth century. Indeed, the issues pertaining to the history of sexuality are grand and far-reaching, having been hashed and rehashed for centuries, only to encompass a new and growing crop of issues such content as homosexuality and gender oppression. Bibliography lists 27 sources.

  • Gay Lifestyle's Socioeconomic Costs

    This 7 page paper examines the gay lifestyle and what it costs the workplace and the larger society. Issues such as AIDS, health insurance and the justification of homosexuality as a protected class are broached. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Homosexuality: Choice Or Biological Predisposition?

    4 pages in length. The writer discusses the genetic and environmental implications of homosexuality. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • College Campuses and Homosexuality

    A 5 page paper discussing the incidence of homosexuality and sexually transmitted infections on college campuses. There is little research directly asking these questions. Ultimately, it appears that homosexuality is not increasing on college campuses, though that conclusion is supposition based on inference. It is clear, however, that incidence of STIs including HIV is increasing on college campuses. Students have tuned out the safe sex messages, and public health officials need to concentrate on regaining students’ attention. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Homosexuality and World Religions

    This is a 9 page paper discussing homosexuality and religion in regards to Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The policies and issues relating to homosexuality vary a great deal throughout different religions. While in some cases, specific references are difficult to find in ancient scriptures and holy text, other references such as in Islam’s Quran and Hadith, seem quite specific as to the opinion of homosexuality and what, if any, punishment should be given. The Jewish and Christian religions both have conservative divisions which forbid homosexual practice and homosexuals’ participation in rituals while at the same time they also have liberal or reformed divisions which recognize homosexuals in regards to equal rights and respect. Hinduism and Buddhism also have varied perspectives within their own religions as while some Hindu researchers cannot find specific references either way, others refer to the Kama Sutra and its devotion of an entire chapter to gay men. Most Buddhist divisions refer to the precepts of Right Conduct but with some differentiation as to the interpretation of “sexual misconduct”. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • 'Coming Out of the Closet' and Gay Social Development

    10 pages in length. The social development of a homosexual person relies greatly on whether or not they choose to 'come out.' It is no secret that repressed feelings by trying to be something you are not (i.e., 'straight') can do more harm than good. This is a common choice for many homosexuals because they do not want to cause strife among their family members. But the problem herein lies in the fact that they are trying to be something they are not, which could serve only to arrest their social development. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Summary and Critique of 'Organizing And Activating Effects Of Sex Hormones In Homosexual Transsexuals'

    2 pages in length. Understanding the propensity towards transsexuality has perplexed the medical community for decades. Not only is this particular population subcategorized by many different variables, but any definitive findings about why this behavior exists has eluded psychological and physiological research time and time again. Authors van Goozen et al (2002) attempt to piece together a logical progression of events that may occur while the fetus is still within the embryo as a means by which to correlate reasons behind homosexual transsexualism through hormone treatment. No bibliography.

  • Sexuality Regulation

    A 4 page exploration of attempts by organizations such as the World Association for Sexology (WAS) and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) to define and protect sexuality. This paper points out that because sexuality is so culturally variable such a task is an impossibility. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Sitcom Portrayal Of Homosexuality

    7 pages in length. Prime time television sitcoms often introduce viewers to fringe populations of society whose only real purpose for inclusion is to provide an element of ridicule and sideways disrespect thinly veiled in the form of comedy. The extent to which depiction of homosexuality is not only limited but also skewed is both grand and far-reaching; that typical prime time sitcom portrayals fail to reach beyond the façade of cheap innuendos and site gags speaks to an entertainment culture whose desire is not to provide an accurate or educational representation but rather one that garners high ratings. "Will and Grace" has certainly set a precedent with regard to exposing the general public to an alternative lifestyle many viewers have never fully understood, however, it still lacks significant understanding of the homosexual community by this candy-coated portrayal since the program takes great care to avoid any deeper realities of being gay, lesbian or bisexual. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Discrimination Against Homosexuality And Women In The United States

    4 pages in length. The writer briefly compares two articles that address homosexuality discrimination in the United States. No additional sources cited.

  • Religious Perspectives on Homosexuality

    A 5 page discussion of the contemporary views of the Catholic and Jewish religions on the topic of homosexuality. The author notes that while the mainstream components of these religious institutions have matured to the point where they accept homosexuality as a natural condition, the predominant view is that homosexual acts are an abomination in the eyes of God. Some factions of both Catholicism and Judaism have taken a more flexible opinion, however, and the continuing pressure of the issues is sure to result in a continuing trend toward greater receptivity. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Roman Catholic Church and Homosexuality

    A 5 page acknowledgment that although homosexuality has been around since the dawn of time, the practice is viewed differently according to the societal context. While homosexuality is gradually becoming a more and more commonly accepted component of our society, the Catholic Church remains one of the staunchest opponents to homosexuality. Church doctrines are based upon Biblical scripture which condemns homosexuality. The homosexual, like the murderer or the adulterer, is accepted by the Church but the practice of homosexuality, which the Church views as not only aberrant but in direct conflict with Biblical directive, is banned. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Justifying Banning Books for Children That Feature Homosexual Parents

    A 9 page contention that homosexual parenting units are incapable of providing the parental guidance needed by heterosexual children. The author contends, therefore, that the tendency to ban children’s books depicting homosexual parenting units is a just one. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Marriages Between People of the Same Sex

    6 pages in length. Perhaps no other issue in contemporary society strikes a chord of disharmony more than the current debate over gay and lesbian marriages. When one considers the volatile nature of this particular social concern, it is important to understand why such conflict exists and if any common denominators reside between opposition and supporters. In short, the crux of the dispute questions the sanctity of traditional marriage as defined between a man and a woman. Furthermore, the issue of children brought up in such an unconventional family setting has raised great concerns over whether or not such an environment is emotionally stable and or healthy. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Homosexuality and Conflicting Views

    A 5 page paper which examines the controversial views regarding homosexuality as it involves the theory of sickness as opposed to biology. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

 

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