Their strong spiritual convictions were evident as they discussed their beliefs by drawing upon life experiences, Biblical passages, and church teachings see also King When reproducing any material, including interview excerpts, attribution to the Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health, is required. Or, maybe she wasn't the right person. References American Psychiatric Association Position statement on therapies focused on attempts to change sexual orientation reparative or conversion therapies American Journal of Psychiatry. God as protector Related to the theme of coping with adversity was the notion that God had protected or would protect participants from danger, bodily harm or death. In what ways does spirituality work in tandem to, yet distinct from, institutional religion? I mean, even though I say sometimes, you know, I'd be in love with her, and realistically speaking, though, those little quick run-ins, you know, I can't say that I would not allow that to happen.
For the three participants who provided data on this theme, responsibility was discussed in terms of future monogamy usually in a heterosexual marriage.
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Corey, a year-old college student and frequent church attendee, described an experience with his pastor, who prayed for him to become heterosexual: Journal of African American Studies. Broadway Books; New York: For example, Clay, a year-old grandfather said:. Tolerance of bisexuality Despite the general sentiment that their religious communities were not accepting of them, five participants noted that individual members or churches sometimes expressed complete tolerance. For example, Michael, a year-old professional in the securities industry, felt that church was the one place in which he did not have to hide too much simply because of the presence of others like himself: