Myths

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Myths often stereotype a human group like sexual minorities. Prejudice fosters stereotyping. As some myths disappear, others arise. To expose myths or how they form to careful examination is one way to limit their spread and harmful effect.

Myth #1
Male sexual minorities are “effeminate, superficial, and clannish while lesbians are mannish, homely and aggressive.” To ascribe characteristics to an entire grouping is always risky. As is true of heterosexual people, sexual minorities demonstrate a broad range of qualities.
Myth #2
According to Anita Bryant, droughts in northern California twenty-five years ago were caused by the gay “mecca” of San Francisco. So too, moralists think that the global AIDS crisis reflects the revenge of Mother Nature. To target sexual minorities as cause for disasters makes of them an object.
Myth #3
Because of sexual minorities, marriage and family obligations are being undermined.  The implication is that because gay and lesbian people do not reproduce, they influence a form of “biological death in life.“  Sexual minorities become the scapegoat for any number of societal weaknesses. However, the decrease in birthrate is more likely due to ecomomic, not sexual, factors.
Myth #4
People of sexual minorities try to seduce heterosexual people, especially children. The affect of the “myth of recruitment” denies the civil rights of those who are sexual minorities; it promotes fear and justifies exclusion. The false premise overlooks the fact that heterosexual people cause more harm to innocent or disadvantaged people than homosexual people do.
Myth #5
Gay disabled people are not sexual. In fact, disabled people have the same sexual and emotional needs as other people.
Myth #6
Those who are sexual minorities are extremely sex driven. To perpetuate this false premise reflects the desperate ends to which opponents go in order to discredit someone whom they fear or choose not to fully know.
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