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Homosexuality is currently one of the most controversial subjects in the world and has been for as long as it has existed. In light of President Bush taking over the presidency of the United States, it has become a more important issue as of late. The church has always disapproved of it and is currently the most vocal advocate against most issues dealing with homosexual rights. However, in most societies, the core views of the people stem from the church, causing the general public to disapprove as well. In the most recent years, societal views of homosexuality are slowly changing. There have been increased efforts to understand, help, and accept homosexuals and bisexuals in our communities. In this paper I will discuss ways in which homosexuals are influenced by our society and visa versa.

In any discussion of homosexuality, it is very important that people understand the meaning of it.

According to the Electronic Library Encyclopedia, homosexuality is a person who finds emotional interest in their own sex. Although homosexuality is deemed as immoral and sinful in the view of many Westerners, it has a 70% acceptability rate in over 190 societies around the world. Studies of homosexuality by theorists have also proven that most individuals have an interest in both sexes whether they are overt or not (Columbia Encyclopedia).

Often the first question that comes to ones mind when talking about homosexuals is, what made them that way? There are different schools of thought on this and any person who asks such a question is likely to get a variety of responses. An early theory is that homosexuality is a personality disorder called "inversion" that develops from inappropriate sex role identification (Risman, 125). This is still believed by some but has been largely adapted and replaced by what...