Hi! Thanks for the question.
Since your question states a specific goal to be achieved herein, we
shall concentrate on such objective and move away from the debate
about homosexuality being right or wrong. Since you and your brother
choose a heterosexual orientation for the latter, we shall concentrate
on attaining that goal.
The previous answers have already provided you with a great number of
resources on the nature of homosexuality. I will also present such
information on the discussion of the psychological and physical aspect
of homosexuality. But I will start to your most immediate need and
that is of getting help.
The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality or
NARTH should be one of your most important stops since it provides an
international referral service of licensed therapists for sexual
reorientation treatment. You could contact them and find therapy help
for your brother.
16633 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1340
Encino, CA 91436-1801
Phone: (818) 789-4440
Fax: (818) 789-6452
Other possible organizations that could help in your objective are
listed and describes in the links below with pointers to their
individual websites. They are composed of scientific, religious and
Finding a Therapist and Counseling Groups from People Change links
Helpful Orgs for Sexual Identity Issues
I wish you success in working with these organizations.
In a more theoretical discussion I found the following articles. Most
of them were already mentioned in the sources cited by other
researchers. I will particularly point out some interesting tidbits
from the papers I found.
There have been few systematic family studies of homosexuality; like
the twin studies, most are anecdotal. However, there are three worth
looking at. In 1981 and 1986, Pillard presented the two
largest family studies to date. Both shared many subjects, again
mostly recruited through homophile newspapers. Homosexual men gave
information about their siblings whose sexual orientation was then
rated in four different ways. Some non-cooperative siblings were
included using second-hand evidence! A more serious problem is the
conflicting definitions of sexual orientation. An index case with a
Kinsey rating of 2 was classed as heterosexual; if he was a sibling,
he was apparently bisexual!
Homosexuality - the causes...
The next article is from a website which promotes religious tolerance
on issues like these but it has a good list and summary of such
theories on causes of homosexuality.
What causes sexual orientation?
The NARTH website also has literature resources and studies about the
issue. You might be interested in reading some of them.
NARTH has a large resource of papers pertaining to the cause of
homosexuality. You may read them through this link:
"Is Homosexuality Genetic?"
Frequently religion played a major role in motivating a client to
seek reorientation, Throckmorton notes, a fact that leads him to
caution mental health professionals against assuming that the
profession fully understands the potential and limitation for human
change. For years, public and professional opinion of ex-gay
ministries have been influenced by anecdotes from persons not helped
by these ministries," he said. "Basing opinions on the experience of
only those who have not been helped gives an incomplete and therefore
inaccurate picture of the potential for alteration of human sexual
Gay-To-Straight Research Published In APA Journal
In two more articles, two therapists articulate some of their
strategies in sexual reorientation therapy.
The patient's success in this effort is directly related to his
acceptance and recognition of the various factors that have interfered
and continue to interfere with an adequate masculine self-image.
Therefore, the therapist guides the patient in revisiting the
significant situations of childhood, linking them up with past and
present feeling states, and labeling the patterns. Once this is
accomplished the groundwork is laid for leading the patient towards
masculinization. Laying the groundwork involves using the patient's
personal history to demonstrate how childhood situations left him with
a sense of exclusion from the masculine club and produced deep
feelings of not measuring up.
The Treatment of Ego-Dystonic Homosexuality: The Development of a
The vice president of NARTH uses a technique called gender-
affirmative therapy" for his clients.
Treatment of Male Homosexuality: A Cognitive-Behavioral and
For other NARTH articles, please follow this link:
Clinical and Ethical Issues
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