|GUEST POST BY MATTHEW 'FEMI ADEDOYIN|
The number of gays, lesbians and bisexuals who visit our office is increasing by the day.
Some do not know how they started getting attracted to the same sex while some got introduced to it by peers and colleagues.
Some started the act because they are looking for acceptance. For some, it was a way to get back at their parents.
Some watched it on the TV while some others see it as a way to express rebellion.
Many whom I have had the privilege of working with have different reasons and excuses but one thing they have in common is that THEY ARE SEEKING FOR LOVE.
See, we all have the tendency to become anything depending on what we see and hear consistently, especially in our formative years. At two, a child begins individuating and by age twelve, the child becomes an individual. This means that the formative years (character and value development age) of a child start from two and end by the time the child clocks twelve. In the formative years, the child needs mentoring and modelling. You do exactly what you teach and teach exactly what you do. In these formative years, the child needs your presence more than your presents.
So many contradicting literatures on whether people are born gay/lesbian or not exist. However, one of the consistent facts in all of these literature is that a simple and singular determinant for sexual orientation has not been conclusively demonstrated. Various studies point to different and conflicting positions but the social factor is a common theme in all scientific and psychology hypotheses.
The social factor which can be linked to our upbringing, environment and significant emotional experiences is the common factor in all scientific and psychology hypotheses on the subject of sexual orientation. This means that we learnt our sexual orientation here on earth. Sexual orientation is about behaviour and behaviours are learnt and can be unlearnt. Hear Dr Lawrence S. Meyer, a scholar in the Department of Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: 'While some are under the impression that sexual orientation is an innate, fixed, and biological trait of human beings – that whether heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual, we are ‘born that way’- there is insufficient scientific evidence to support that claim. In fact, the concept of sexual orientation is ambiguous; it can refer to a set of behaviours, to feelings of attraction, or to a sense of identity... One environmental factor that appears to be correlated with homosexuality and non-heterosexuality is childhood sexual abuse victimization…'.
Another research published on 31st August, 2017 by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) stated that 'Many ex-gays will tell you that at one point in their life they thought they were "born gay". The reality is that no scientific evidence has established a genetic cause for homosexuality or found a "gay gene". There is no DNA or medical test to determine if a person is homosexual. Sexual orientation is a matter of self-affirmation and public declaration. "Gay" is a self-chosen identity'.
So, can your child be gay, lesbian, bisexual or asexual? YES! Denying the possibility is living in denial of the reality of the 21st century and not preparing to have adequate knowledge on what to do should that happen. Who knows if your child is even gay, lesbian, bisexual or asexual right now but is not bold enough to tell you yet?
In 2010, I wrote a proposal about teaching teenagers sexuality education to a church but the Pastor told me, 'our teenagers are filled with the Holy Spirit. They don’t need sexuality education. They know they can’t be having sex until they are married'. Six months later, I received a call from that Pastor. Guess what? His daughter and his niece were caught making out with each other. It turned out that daughter and his niece are lesbians. The possibility that your child can be homosexual in this century is more than it was in the 19th century. So, you need adequate knowledge and the courage to teach your child about this reality.
Sexual orientation is more of a behavioural cognition learnt from the highest influencer in our formative years, from what we see and hear in our environment, from people who came into our lives at one point or the other and from our significant emotional experiences.
So, what do you do when you hear that your child is gay, lesbian, bisexual or asexual? Well, show that child love like never before. Where all therapies and other things fail, love never fails. Discovering that your child has a sexual orientation that is not normal to you is not a reason to kill the child or start running from pillar to post. It is time to make the child feel loved like never before.
I remember working with one gay at a time. Although I did not have enough tools to help him, one thing I had and still have is love. I showed him love with reckless abandon and he is fine today.
You must understand that sexual orientation is a behavioural issue and behavioural issues need behavioural solutions. You cannot pray your way out of what you behaved yourself into. If you behaved into it, you have to behave out of it. Sometimes the only prayer you need is adequate knowledge on what to do and how to do it.
Family time is very crucial at this time. The family needs to bond together to consciously and intentionally build family values and a code of conduct that will act as a compass on how every member of the family should live. The family needs to bond more and the child needs to see that you love him irrespective of what is happening. As a parent, use the tool of friendship to get your children’s trust so that they can openly and freely share their struggles with you.
If you have not been teaching your child about sexuality education, you are wrong. The best time to start was when your children were 2 years old but the next best time to start is now. Start teaching them sexuality education. You need to know what to teach and how to teach what you know. Our organization, Resurged Mind Company has the most effective age appropriate sexuality education. You can consult us to train you and/or your children.
Finally, consult a therapist. Just as doctors treat your body, therapists treat your mind. A person can be said to be well when he is whole in the body, mind and spirit. I have been working as a therapist for over 9 years now. I have tested and effective tools that can help your child break free from that sexual orientation. Let’s help your child have a healthy sexuality.
You matter to me...
Let me help you through.
Sex/Addiction Recovery Therapist
Matthew ‘Femi-Adedoyin is a Family Life Coach, Sex Recovery Therapist and Psychologist. He is a dynamic and prolific teacher, humorist, strategist, maverick and blend of gifts.
He is a certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Master Results and Performance Consultant whose forte lies in Family Systems, Neurocognitive Consonance, Effective Parenting, Quantum Linguistics, Child/Developmental Psychology, Sexuality and Gender Education, Sex and Addiction Recovery Therapy, Advanced neurological re-patterning, Results technologies and Ericksonian and Elman's style hypnosis.
He is one of the youngest and finest sex recovery experts in Africa. He is referred to as the “Apostle of Sexology” due to his ardent fight for human sexual purity and a healthy sex life.
APOSTLE as he is fondly called is an acronym for Abstainer, Preacher, Oracle, Speaker, Trainer, Leader and Engineer. He is the Principal Consultant at Abstinence Icon Resource Consult, a child/youth advocacy, family life and sex recovery consultancy firm with a mandate to raise sexually pure leaders, build healthy homes and heal ailing families. He also doubles as the lead trainer/facilitator at Matthew Adedoyin Company.
His articles have been featured on many local and international magazines, newsletters, newspapers, bulletins and online media platforms. He is the publisher of www.matthewadedoyin.com, an online journal where he shares his thoughts as he sees the world.
He is married to his sweetheart, Fidelia 'Femi-Adedoyin.
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