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Articles on banap.net were first published in 2005. Now in 2012 banap.net is undergoing a major revision with new information and new articles. 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”. This major revision is a new section “Homosexuality in History”. The articles will be about homosexuality in different countries, cultures and societies. Also new is the perspective, of seeing homosexuality as different “models” and not different “types” of homosexuality. In a second section, there will be four articles, each showing a different model of homosexuality. Homosexuality as a “Sin”; as a “Crime”; as a “Disease” and now today as a “Political Identity”. Emphasizing that over time how homosexuality is viewed has changed. Significant is the fact, that historically though homosexuality has enjoyed somewhat varying degrees of tolerance, all cultures and societies have never accepted homosexuality.

The updated banap.net will have two major sections banap 1 and banap 2. Three sections from the original banap.net web page will continue to be accessible from the updated banap.net web page. These sections are the extensive Bibilography, the important section Overcoming Homosexuality and the section HIV/AIDS that is significant in discussing homosexuality.

Banap 1 will contain the original information and sections “Inventing a Homosexual”, “Identifying a Homosexual” and “Same-Sex Marriage”. Banap 2 will have two sections, “Homosexuality in History” and “Homosexuality as a: ” that contain the new articles and information.

“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 people’s natural impulses to behave badly and to meet their natural needs. While it’s 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 Gay’s in the 90s, p.363)

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.

“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 Gay’s in the 90s, p.xxvi)

These two quotes are just a sampling of many others written in books and articles published by those who advocate for homosexuality or self-identify as gay that may be read on this web site. Larry Houston who is writing the articles on this web site self-identifies as a former homosexual.

His story may be read in the section, Larry’s story. This section also includes an article about Larry facing discrimination at Harvard University for being an ex-gay. In the section Overcoming Homosexuality are articles helpful not only to those struggling with homosexuality but also to anyone who desires a better understanding about homosexuality.

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 is 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.” (D’Emilio, 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.” (D’Emilio, Making Trouble Essays on Gay History, Politics, and the University, p.12)

HIV/AIDS as a section will remain accessible from the banap.net homepage. HIV/AIDS is a significant consequence of homosexual behavior, no matter the spin or sugar coating that is put on it. It should be noted that you read in the official statistical reporting of HIV/AIDS of the term MSM (men who have sex with men). Glaringly absent are the terms, homosexual or gay, words that have possible connotations to one’s identity. The following is the most current and up to date information that is available online from the Centers for Disease Control of the United States Department of Government. This information is only through the year 2009.

“Overall, CDC’s new incidence estimates continue to show that Gay and bisexual men remain the population most heavily affected by HIV in the United States. CDC estimates MSM represent approximately 2% of the US population, but accounted for more than 50% of all new HIV infections annually from 2006 to 2009 –56% in 2006 (27,000), 58% in 2007 (32,300), 56% in 2008 (26,900) and 61% (29,300) in 2009.”

(Source: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/incidence.htm. Accessed on Sept. 9, 2012)

“Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) of all races and ethnicities remain the population most severely affected by HIV. CDC estimates that MSM account for just 2% of the U.S. population, but accounted for 61% of all new HIV infections in 2009. MSM accounted for 49% of people living with HIV infection in 2008 (the most recent year national prevalence data are available).

In 2009, white MSM continued to account for the largest number of new HIV infections of any group in the U.S. (11,400), followed closely by black MSM (10,800).”

(Source: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/factsheets/us.htm Accessed on Sept 2012)

Here is the most recent information from the CDC website. HIV/AIDS information has been updated for the years from 2008 to 2011. One transmission category has continued to increase, male to male sexual contact, while all other transmission categories decreased This information has been accessed online March 15, 2013

“MSM represents two percent of the U.S. population but 62 percent of all HIV diagnoses are attributed to male-to-male sexual behavior.”(Source: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/ehap/resources/direct/022813/index.htm

“From 2008 through 2011, the annual estimated number and the estimated rate of diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States remained stable (Table 1a). In 2011, the estimated rate was 15.8.” (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/surveillance/resources/reports/2011report/index.htm#cover. PDF file was downloaded of the actual report, “Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas”, 2011 Vol. 23, p.6)

“Transmission category: From 2008 through 2011, among adult and adolescent males, the annual number of diagnosed HIV infections attributed to male-to-male sexual contact increased. The numbers of infections attributed to injection drug use, to male-to-male sexual contact and injection drug use, and to heterosexual contact decreased. Among adult and adolescent females, the numbers of infections attributed to injection drug use and to heterosexual contact decreased. In 2011, diagnosed infections attributed to male-to-male sexual contact (65%, including male-to-male sexual contact and injection drug use) and those attributed to heterosexual contact (27%) accounted for approximately 92% of diagnosed HIV infections in the United States.” (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/surveillance/resources/reports/2011report/index.htm#cover. PDF file was downloaded of the actual report, “Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas”, 2011 Vol. 23, p.7)

Thank you for visiting banap.net. This web site is regularly being revised and updated. Plans are being made to publish this information in a book form. banap.net is a resource for those seeking a greater understanding of homosexuality. Homosexuality is an illegitimate attempt to meet the legitimate need for intimacy in same-sex relationships.

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