Articles on banap were first published in 2005. In 2012 banap underwent a major revision, with the addition of new information and articles. This revision will continue and be ongoing. The revision is banap 2. The largest two sections are banap 1 and banap 2 that directly address homosexuality. Two things will not change; the articles will still come from a historic perspective. More importantly it will continue the emphasis that it is Homosexuality, What one does and not Homosexual, who one is.
Now in 2017 banap is undergoing a third major revision. This revision is banap 3 and will not be comprised of new information, rather, it is the information from banap 1 and banap 2. This information is presented in a new emphasis and focus. It consists of a home page and eight main sections. The new section banap 3 is comprised of fifteen articles. The information is not new. Rather they are fifteen articles which have been taken from banap 1 and banap 2. The first nine articles are related to the idea of essentialism or social constructionism. The idea of assimilation or liberation connects the last six articles together.
What is homosexuality? Homosexuality is an illegitimate attempt to meet the legitimate need for intimacy in same-sex relationships. Overcoming homosexuality is more than stopping, it is replacing, that is stopping and adding. There are different pathways leading one into homosexuality and likewise there are different pathways to overcoming homosexuality.
The section Overcoming Homosexuality contains articles helpful not only to those struggling with homosexuality but also to anyone who desires a better understanding of homosexuality. Larry Houston who is writing the articles on this web site self-identifies as a former homosexual. His story may be read in the article, Larry’s story. A second article is about Larry facing discrimination at Harvard University for being an ex-gay. Following stories published in the Harvard Crimson student newspaper Larry received national attention. Here are links for four stories published in The Harvard Crimson student newspaper.
The section banap 1 will contain the original information in three subsections; Inventing a “Homosexual” and Identifying a “Homosexual”. Both Identifying and Inventing have 10 articles each in them. The third subsection Articles, is 4 articles that are longer, more extensive, and with more information.
The section banap 2 will contain five subsections. This is information about homosexuality in history. Four subsections are about homosexuality in the countries of Ancient Greece, Great Britain, France, and Germany. The fifth subsection is about sodomy, the term used to describe homosexuality before the word ‘homosexual’ was coined in the late 1860s.
Sexology is a section of six articles. There is an article about Alfred Kinsey. One article is focused on the book by Arnold Davidson, The Emergence of Sexuality Historical Epistemology and the Formation of Concepts. This book details how with the emergence of a new style of reasoning came entirely new kinds of sexual diseases and disorders, allowing for what we now call sexology, the study of sex. Two articles are a chronological list of sexologists, scientist who study sexology. The last two articles are titled Sexology, and are about the study of sex.
The section Politics has three subsections. The subsection, ‘Lobbying’, are informational handouts Larry gave to members of the United State Congress and the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The dates the handouts were delivered chronologically organize these articles. The second subsection, ‘Legal’, are the actual documents filed by Larry in a legal challenge in the Middlesex County Circuit Court. Larry filed a legal challenge to Goodridge, which was the successful legal challenge that resulted in same-sex marriage becoming legal in Massachusetts. The last subsection, ‘Articles’, is articles that are longer, more extensive and with more information of relevant topics.
A Bibliography is in its own section. It is an extensive 76-page bibliography in two parts. The bibliography is organized in alphabetical order using the author’s last name. One part is the references for Articles and Journals. The second part is the references for books. The references for the books used for banap.net have been divided alphabetically into four articles, A-D, E-L, M-R, S-Z. These references do not include any sources that have a strong bias against homosexuality or a strong bias for homosexuality that Larry has read.
The final main section on banap is HIV/AIDS. This disease is very important when it comes to a discussion of homosexuality. HIV/AIDS is a significant consequence of homosexual behavior, no matter the spin or sugar coating that is put on it. The highest risk behavior to acquiring HIV/AIDS is passive anal intercourse. A very good source of information about HIV/AIDS is found on a federal government web site, http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/default.html. The following was obtained from accessing this web site on March 25, 2015.
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent approximately 2% of the United States population, yet are the population most severely affected by HIV. In 2010, young gay and bisexual men (aged 13-24 years) accounted for 72% of new HIV infections among all persons aged 13 to 24, and 30% of new infections among all gay and bisexual men. At the end of 2011, an estimated 500,022 (57%) persons living with an HIV diagnosis in the United States were gay and bisexual men, or gay and bisexual men who also inject drugs. (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/gender/msm/facts/index.html)
New HIV Infections. In 2010, gay and bisexual men accounted for 63% of estimated new HIV infections in the United States and 78% of infections among all newly infected men. From 2008 to 2010, new HIV infections increased 22% among young (aged 13-24) gay and bisexual men and 12% among gay and bisexual men overall. (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/gender/msm/facts/index.html)
HIV and AIDS Diagnoses. In 2013, in the United States, gay and bisexual men accounted for 81% (30,689) of the 37,887 estimated HIV diagnoses among all males aged 13 years and older and 65% of the 47,352 estimated diagnoses among all persons receiving an HIV diagnosis that year. (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/gender/msm/facts/index.html)
The parameters of a discussion of homosexuality are best framed in the following way. Who one is, a homosexual or what one does, homosexuality. The support is strongest for the latter. The two quotes below are by a man who self-identifies as gay. John D Emilio was a university professor, author, and a gay historian. He too agrees that it is homosexuality, what one does. Homosexuality is an illegitimate attempt to meet the legitimate need for intimacy in same-sex relationships.
There is another historical myth that enjoys nearly universal acceptance in the gay movement, the myth of the eternal homosexual. The argument runs something like this: Gay men and lesbians always were and always will be. We are everywhere; not just now, but throughout history, in all societies and all periods. This myth served a positive political function in the first years of gay liberation. In the early 1970s, when we battled an ideology that either denied our existence or defined us as psychopathic individuals or freaks of nature, it was empowering to assert that we are everywhere. But in recent years it has confined us as surely as the most homophobic medical theories, and locked our movement in place. Here I wish to challenge this myth. I want to argue that gay men and lesbians have not always existed. Instead they are a product of history, and have come into existence in a specific historical era. Their emergence is associated with the relations of capitalism; it has been the historical development of capitalism-more specifically, its free-labor system-that has allowed a large numbers of men and women in the late twentieth century to call themselves gay, to see themselves as part of a community of similar men and women, to organize politically on the basis of that identity. (DEmilio, Making Trouble Essays on Gay History, Politics, and the University, p.5)
I have argued that lesbian and gay identity and communities are historically created, as a result of a process of capitalist development that has spanned many generations. A corollary of this argument is that we are not a fixed social minority composed for all time of a certain percentage of the population. There are more of us than one hundred years ago, more of us than forty years ago. And there may very well be more gay men and lesbians in the future. Claims made by gays and nongays that sexual orientation is fixed at an early age, that large numbers of visible gay men and lesbians in society, the media, and the schools will have no influence on the sexual identities of the young are wrong. Capitalism has created the material conditions for homosexual desire to express itself as a central component of some individuals’ lives; now, our political movements are changing consciousness, creating the ideological conditions that make it easier for people to make that choice. (DEmilio, Making Trouble Essays on Gay History, Politics, and the University, p.12)
It is very interesting and surprising to read what has been written by those advocating for homosexuality and those who self-identify a homosexual. The following two quotes have been taken from the book After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of the Gays in the 90s.
The authors of this book published in 1989 self-identify as gay. Kirk graduated from Harvard University in 1980. Madsen has taught on the faculty of Harvard University. He is a public-communications expert, designed commercial advertising for Madsen Avenue, and guided strategy for the Positive Images Campaign. This campaign was the first national gay advertising effort in American. The following quote from the introduction of their book along with the title of the book perhaps gives a very strong indication of the authors’ belief in a homosexual agenda. Perhaps this may be their motivation for writing the book.
In short, the gay lifestyle - if such a chaos can, after all, legitimately be called a lifestyle - it just doesn’t work: it doesn’t serve the two functions for which all social framework evolve: to constrain peoples’ natural impulses to behave badly and to meet their natural needs. While its impossible to provide an exhaustive analytic list of all the root causes and aggravants of this failure, we can asseverate at least some of the major causes. Many have been dissected, above, as elements of the Ten Misbehaviors; it only remains to discuss the failure of the gay community to provide a viable alternative to the heterosexual family. (Kirk and Madsen, After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of the Gays in the 90s, p.363)
The campaign we outline in this book, though complex, depends centrally upon a program of unabashed propaganda, firmly grounded in long-established principles of psychology and advertising (Kirk and Madsen, After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of the Gays in the 90s, p.xxvi)
Deliberate deceit and deception, along with emotional rhetoric are very effective media and political lobbing tactics. Dishonesty only goes so far. I have found most effective is to ask for and be a part of an honest, meaningful, and open conversation. But when it comes to homosexuality it is very difficult to have one, and when one begins with those advocating for homosexuality it quickly ends. For me homosexuality is very emotional and personal, I self-identify as a former homosexual.