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1. 201530 Summer 2015 PACO 504-B02 LUO

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3. Forum: Forum 3 (Module 4)

4. Thread: Sexual Identity Forum 3

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Sexual Identity presentation for High School

Introduction: Sexual identity when defined “includes (a) physical identity, (b) gender identity, (c) social sex role identity, and (d) sexual orientation identity”(Hays & Erford, 2014, pp. 127-128).


“Sexual orientation is described as being a set of seven variables: (a) sexual behaviors; (b) emotions; (c) sexual fantasies; (d) sexual attractions; (e) social preference; (f) heterosexual, bisexual, or homosexual lifestyle; and (g) self-identification” (Hays & Erford, 2014, p. 128).



1. Sexual identity development

Four major sexual identities: Heterosexual, Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual.

“Heterosexism is defined as the oppression of LGBTQI individuals involving prejudice and discriminatory behavior” (Hays & Erford, 2014, p. 133).


2. Attitudes concerning sexual identities

Attitudes of discrimination

Political attitudes

Attitudes of the professional community (Counselors, Psychologists, Medical, etc.)


3. Mental health issues concerning Sexual identities

Depression and suicide

Minority stress: “Stress associated with being a member of an oppressed group” (Hays & Erford, 2014, p. 146).

Youth issues.



Understanding the issues that come from sexual identity.

Take training in how to deal with the issues.

Be aware of your own biases.

When necessary seek a professional.


Sexual Identity Presentation for Ministers

Introduction: Definition of sexual identity

Definition of sexual orientation.



1. What is the cause of different sexual identities

Heterosexual vs. Homosexual

Secular views

Biblical view


2. What if someone comes to you who is struggling with sexual identity issues?

Love them

Find out what they want ( Do not push them)

Biblical view of how we treat people even when we do not approve of their actions


3. Get training on understanding sexual identity issues

AACC (Clinton & Hawkins, 2009)

Bring in experts to teach from a biblical perspective

Biblical understanding



Develop small groups for safe environments.

Preach messages on how to love everyone

Deal with sin by speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15 NIV).



Clinton, Tim., Hawkins, Ron.  The Quick Reference Guide to Biblical Counseling, Baker Books, 2009

Erford, Bradley T., Hays, Danica G.  Developing Multicultural Counseling Competence, 2nd ed.  Pearson, 2014

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