A Scientific Understanding of Sexual Orientation with Implications for Pastoral Ministry

B. R. Simon Rosser

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/1994

Issue: Sexual Orientation (Vol. 14, No 3, Summer, 1994)

As defined scientifically, sexual orientation concerns far more than the genitals of one’s sexual partner(s) or one’s sexual behavior. As a complex construct, it can include, but is not limited to, the gender(s) of those we find erotic, the gender(s) of the focus of our sexual thoughts, fantasies, and desires, and the gender of persons with whom we bond emotionally and fall in love. At a wider level, sexual orientation may help define our community, political, and even spiritual identification(s). Along each of these dimensions our sexual orientation may vary, and may vary over time.

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