Dr. Henry Virkler shared this article regarding changes to the American Psychological Association’s stance on the fluidity and changeability of sexual orientation:
For several decades the popular media and several rights groups have promoted the idea that sexual orientation and gender identity are permanent and can’t change.
Dr. Lisa Diamond, a very prominent lesbian, is also one of the most respected sex researchers, and for the last several years she has been showing research that shows that many people change sexual orientation and sexual identity multiple times in their lifetime (if you have the time, watch her presentation at Cornell University at https://www.youtube.com/watch?
This change in the APA’s stance is now included in the “APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology,” as described in the article found in the file “Born that Way and Can’t Change.”
Admin Note: As a counseling student and as a lay counselor, I personally have seen people’s sexual orientation change over time. I’ve seen these changes stem from good therapy, from the working of the Holy Spirit, and from the changes that happen as time passes. In current society where sexual orientation and gender identity remain a very hot button and powder-keg of an issue, the idea (on either side) that these characteristics are fluid is imperative. To hold the belief that change is impossible cuts off any opportunity for rational discussion and, most importantly, hurts the very people who find themselves in therapists offices with questions about their sexual orientation/gender identity.
This insight hat sexual orientation is malleable is a reminder that it is not a defining characteristic. One’s identity is not in their being “gay” or “straight,” but in their essence – their status as a human person, their identity as a child of the Living God.