Contrary to Popular Misconception, Adolescent Sexuality is Fluid

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- In a letter to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) is asking President Obama's administration to stop promoting websites of organizations and publications that denigrate Christian ex-gay ministries and former homosexuals.

This is from the letter:

Research shows that far from being fixed, adolescent sexuality is quite fluid—not only with respect to sexual conduct but with respect to underlying sexual attractions as well. For example, the largest and most comprehensive data set on adolescent health and sexuality is the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, also known as the "Add Health" study. Ritch Savin-Williams of Cornell University, a homosexual who is probably the nation's leading researcher on gay youth, reported this finding: "In the data set of the longitudinal Add Health study, of the Wave I boys who indicated that they had exclusive same-sex romantic attraction, only 11% reported exclusive same-sex attraction 1 year later; 48% reported only opposite-sex attraction, 35% reported no attraction to either sex, and 6% reported attraction to both sexes" (emphasis added; Ritch Savin-Williams, "Who's Gay? Does It Matter?" Current Directions in Psychological Science Vol. 15, No. 1 (2006), p. 42).

I haven't read the study. I question the term "romantic." I'd be interested to see how that is defined in the study. There are plenty of boys who have boys as best friends but who are not "romantically" attracted to them. Also, in 2006, boys had already been subjected to confusing notions of attraction. Boys could confuse non-sexual attraction for sexual attraction just because those boys don't understand the term or don't understand that attraction to a boy for a friend certainly doesn't have to be sexual. There are young children saying to themselves and others that they must be homosexual because their best friend is of the same sex.

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