When marriage equality seemed a distant dream, some found a creative way to realize the legal benefits of family. Instead, some changed the legal status of their union to father and son or mother and daughter. In a way, commitments like these trumped even the presumed longevity of marriage because the bond between parent and child in America is legally irrevocable: The law cements them as parent and child for life.
And while, today, I do feel all of those things for both of my gay sons, I still feel deep shame about how I acted toward them when they first came out. In those dreams, I had a tow-headed, blue-eyed, loving grandson just like Luke. I had it all planned out.
After pouring her heart out, my friend — a mother of 3 toddlers — breathed a very long sigh of relief, like a brain surgeon who had just completed a 3-hour life-saving surgery. I happily devoured the soggy pancakes on which I had fixed my eye, but my mind traveled back to the not-so-distant past when she expressed her disapproval if one of her sons turned out gay. Her words violently stabbed through my chest, like a pack of needles piercing through my flesh.
Same-sex attraction refers to emotional, physical, or sexual attraction to a person of the same gender. The experience of same-sex attraction is not the same for everyone. Some people may feel exclusively attracted to the same gender, while others may feel attracted to both genders.
Question: I have a year-old daughter who is gay and who has had the same wonderful girlfriend for three years. My daughter came out to my husband and I when she was 16 and we have been unconditionally accepting. It took me a little while to readjust the life I had imagined for her, but that was all done in my head, not in front of her.
Smith, 58, who says he believes homosexual behavior is wrong on religious grounds, tried to tough it out. He spent 17 years in a doomed marriage while battling his urges all day, he said, and dreaming about them all night. Smith said in an interview at the house in Bakersfield, Calif.
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Being gay is nothing to do with your relationship with your mother, your father, or your best friend at boarding school; it is all in the genes, according to the scientific authors of a new book on the subject. Born Gay: The Psychobiology of Sexual Orientation, by Qazi Rahman, a psychobiologist at the University of East London, and Glenn Wilson, a personality specialist from the University of London, reviews research from the last 15 years into why people are gay. The evidence, they conclude, is that people are born with their sexuality defined, and it is not the result of their relationships with other people in their early life, as had been previously thought.
The relationship between the environment and sexual orientation is a subject of research. In the study of sexual orientationsome researchers distinguish environmental influences from hormonal influences,  while other researchers include biological influences such as prenatal hormones as part of environmental influences. Scientists do not know the exact cause of sexual orientation, but they theorize that it is the result of a complex interplay of genetichormonaland environmental influences.