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Really??? Psychologist Claims Black Men Are “Turning Gay” Because They Are Raised By Single Mothers

Really??? Psychologist Claims Black Men Are "Turning Gay" Because They Are Raised By Single Mothers

A 2013 video featuring a psychologist has been making the social media and email rounds again, and many agree with what psychologist Umar Abdullah Johnson is saying about the “black, gay phenomenon.”

Mothers are blamed for most of what ails their children. I call it theSigmund Freud effect and the doctor is using it here to explain why so many black men are “going gay” these days.

Dr. Abdullah Johnson, a certified psychologist, child therapist and founder of the National Movement to Save Black Boys, feels strongly about empowering the black community, especially young black men. Much is clear after one listens to his many impassioned speeches on the need for fathers and mothers to take an active role in their children’s lives, but is his analysis of why some are gay dangerously flawed?

The belief that homosexuality is a learned behavior that can be reversed is held by some evangelicals and conservatives as well.

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann’s husband Marcus reportedly practiced “praying away the gay” as part of therapy offered at Bachmann Associates in Stillwater, Minn., where the family’s mental health clinic is located.

One pastor even encouraged his congregation to ”beat away the gay” in their children. Pastor Sean Harris, head of the Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C., since 2006, took to the pulpit to teach his flock how to get rid of “butch-like’ tendencies in their girls and girlishness in their boys.

The American Psychological Association (APA) writes that though many believe both nature and nurture play complex roles in our sexuality and much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, “no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors.”

Moreover “most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation, ” gay, straight, bi or otherwise.

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  1. Anonymous

    January 28, 2015 at 5:17 AM

    people get all in their feelings about this subject…..because the honest truth is….no one likes someone else to question what they do and the root cause of it….no matter how true the questioning may be…..be that as it may….i honestly think that while there are a small percentage of people that are actually BORN GAY….there are many people who are conditioned to be be gay…especially black males in the black community…THEY ARE BEING CONDITIONED TO BE GAY…..Now some emotional blind self righteous folks will try to disagree with that….but thats only because they don’t want their choice questioned or the choices of their family/friends questioned. But it is happening, and anyone who tries to deny the conditioning is just being a fool. I wont blame it on single black mothers…because many of them are not single by choice, nor did they make their babies on their own….so the blame also lies with the fathers who either abandon their children, or who get locked up ect. But i definitely know for a fact that black males growing up in single parent homes, and even some who grow up in dysfunctional family homes with both parents…are more likely to be conditioned to be gay!!!! THATS JUST BEING HONEST….regardless of how you feel about it!!!!

    • Gregdoss Documents

      January 29, 2015 at 1:21 PM

      Will we ever live in a world where women will stop trying to place the responsibility of sex on the man? MOST Men aren’t having sex with the intention of making babies, they are getting in some tail… Damn, at least call it what it is.

      • Anonymous

        February 5, 2015 at 9:42 AM


      • Anonymous

        February 10, 2015 at 5:33 PM

        Well sex is the act of making babies, so whom ever don’t know that should just wack off.

    • Anonymous

      January 29, 2015 at 2:39 PM

      So for a fact, your comment is full of your personal opinions, and you have right them. But you do not know every black male that was raised by a single parent house old, so you couldn’t possibly give facts on the subject.

      • Tacuma Tghtnup Burt

        February 7, 2015 at 10:34 AM

        In that case there wouldnt be facts in anything this is why there studies to show statistics

    • shaun

      February 2, 2015 at 2:33 PM

      Smh so wait what about white gay males spanish gay males indian and so on and so on and i guess its the same with black gay women aswell??? smh what bothers me the most is that someone who doesnt live nor know what homosexuals in have to go through have soooo much to say

      • Jerome

        February 3, 2015 at 10:15 AM

        You better say that. Its true. Most people want to talk so much about how they know what homosexuals go through but until they eat, breathe, sleep, walk in their shoes, and go through life as a homosexual, they will never know how hard gay men have it in this world we live in; especially black gay men because they already gave three strikes against them. They are black, they are male, and they are gay. So those three things on top of judgemental people in this world, provides the homosexuals with a harder life to live. In some states, there are people killing gay men, any race, because they hate gay men. Homosexuals, bi, and lesbians are people just like heterosexuals. At the end of the day you find someone that loves you for you regardless of your sexuality or preference. You can’t control true love whether its with the same sex or the opposite sex.

        • Anonymous

          February 4, 2015 at 10:59 AM

          I call your bullshit many homosexuals are progressing fast in the professional and corporate workplaces fact the tables have turned and homosexuality is no longer hindering people

    • Anonymous

      February 3, 2015 at 8:56 PM

      You can not be born gay its learned behavior…

      • Anonymous

        February 4, 2015 at 11:44 AM

        How do u know? Did you come to a point in your life where you had to make a decision to be straight/gay or nah?

      • Anonymous

        February 5, 2015 at 5:34 PM

        How do you know? Did you learn to be gay?

      • Anonymous

        April 18, 2015 at 11:27 AM

        Actually your very wrong its not what you learn dummy its what you like and most gay males know that they are gay by the age 8 and I know cause I have a homosexual brother and my mother taught him nothing of the sort for him to be gay.. Its people like you and this psychologist who think they know what the fuck they are talking about when you truly have no fucking clue..

    • Anonymous

      March 12, 2015 at 11:50 AM

      Your chatting shit, I’m a black male and there is no way I am condition to be a faggot. Where are you getting your bullshit from?

  2. Anonymous

    January 28, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    This is a matter of opinion as there are various factors that are in play. Conditioning is one of those factors but is not the main determinant for any race or ethnic group. Sexual attraction has little to do with conditioning and more to do with exposure, experience, and instinct. A male’s attraction isn’t solely predicted on a dysfunctional family dynamic or absence of a father. It is true that young males should learn to be men from their fathers, but if any group can say that their sexual orientation is based on conditioning, it would be those whom identify as “straight” or heterosexual. Societies and many cultures have instilled and expressed hetero-norms. When one acts outside of such norms and values, they are considered social deviants. Being “gay” goes against societal norms of heterosexual relations and it is then scrutinized. So whoever wrote the anonymous post, unless you have substantial evidence grounded in some research theory, may I advise you to clarify your comment as an opinion rather than a fact.

  3. Tracy

    February 1, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    Dr. Abdullah Johnson is but another misogynist & homophobe in a long like of shrinks conditioned by a bigoted & pseudoscientific ‘profession’. In order for his theory to even have a scientific leg upon which to stand, he would have to prove several things.

    – That being gay is a socially conditioned trait & not something innate. AND if so, something intrinsic to single mothers causes it.

    – That lesbianism is also similarly caused by single mothers OR would it have to be single fathers?

    – That the state of being gay is a disorder (as opposed to a variation akin to having green eyes) All recent versions of the DSM disagree, based upon decades of research.

    – That being gay AND BLACK (and he’d have to clearly define black for the purposes of his research) is different to being gay and from another background. What of the denizens of mixed race gay men produced by Latina or white single mothers: is it only black single mothers whose sons ‘turn’ gay? By what mechanism?

    – That black gay guys (unlike straight black guys) hail nearly EXCLUSIVELY from black single mothers.

    Consider that last statement. Imagine the size & scope of the study he would have to conduct in order to support it factually. ANY gay black guy who was raised in a 2 parent household (the REST of the world inhabited by blacks is NOT America. Even statistics out of QC are extremely different) would disprove his hypothesis.

    He would have to compare, globally, the emergence of gay men from married households as opposed to those raised by black single mothers. Now, consider just one African country: Uganda. It is not unusual for men to have multiple spouses. Being gay is heavily sanctioned & persecuted. How could he even FIND married households willing to participate openly & honestly in such a survey, knowing both the degree of prejudice (an understatement: it is more than mere prejudice) & the profound denials that permeate the society?

    What of gay men emerging from deeply dysfunctional 2 parent (or polygamous) households?
    Even in America, many black, gay men live & IDENTIFY socially as married, straight men with conventional-looking families. They creep about on the down lo, living a secret double-life rendering them very hard to FIND let alone persuade to participate in such a study. Many have not admitted to themselves that they are gay! They claim they have relationships with women BUT have occasional sex with men.

    Then, he would have to conduct similar research on other ‘races’ (he’d have to define those clearly too) in order to prove a strong prevalence or exclusivity of the emergence of gay sons to black, single mothers.

    This imbécile’s claims underscore the dangers of modern societies becoming gripped with religious, superstitious, social & other forms of bigotry that masquerade as knowledge & rejecting scientific rigour. Society has become heavily invested in personal opinion about EVERYTHING being equivalent to established fact. Your personal opinions, however ‘heart-felt’ they may be, are only as valid as the scientifically established facts & informed reasoning upon which they are based. Your opinion about ice cream flavour preferences is one thing: your opinion about neuroscience must be informed.

    Anonymous, above, believes that emotion is the problem in the expression of ideas. The greater the emotional input, the less valid the idea being expressed. Emotion is not the only problem. Whilst Anonymous did not rely upon emotional input, his entire post is based solely upon his personal opinions, which he has confused with fact! The post is devoid of any factual base, predicated exclusively upon opinion & deeply flawed reasoning.

    Granted, it is MUCH easier to understand one’s fears, dogmas from one’s religion & culture, and one’s personal ‘heart-felt’ opinions, rather than to learn & comprehend science & scientific methodologies. The latter requires much studying & is not readily accessible to the masses, Opinions, emotions, default attributions (something is complex, I cannot explain it, therefore god did it) & prejudices, however, are accessible freely to all.

    • otis trotter

      February 4, 2015 at 8:37 PM

      I agree with you 100%. Often people’s opinions are driven by a certain political, religious or nationalistic ideology. If it doesn’t fit neatly into their ideology or religious orientation, then they gravitate towards flawed or pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo in an attempt to validate their views.

  4. John Trueluck

    February 1, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Black guys turning gay because the absence of Father’s… Yea right! Guys are dipping with other guys because Ladies are not sexually performing sexual duties. Come on college educated people how naive do you have to be?

    • JB

      February 1, 2015 at 3:49 PM

      No actually I am gay because I am not attracted to women; never have been.

  5. JB

    February 1, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Hate to make this personal but….

    I am a black man, 32 yrs old, and raised in rural South Carolina. I had two parents in the house. My father was always there. He taught me about respect, loyalty, integrity, and how to be an upstanding person; he taught me how to be a man. I love him and miss him dearly (he died in 2003).

    Here comes the cold water: I AM GAY!
    I have never had an interest in a female in a sexual way. Never had a girlfriend; never wanted one. I was a virgin until 21. I saw a great, loving heterosexual relationship modeled in front of me for almost 2 decades but I am still gay. Never was molested, didn’t see gay people on tv, I was raised in the southern black church. But I am STILL GAY.

    Explain this……

    • Tahnna Isbell

      February 7, 2015 at 9:52 AM

      All of the major media outlets need to interview people like you. You give life to the facts about sexual orientation.

  6. Vaughne

    February 1, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    This ideology is flawed. Being raised by single women does not make a child gay or straight for that matter. There are black men who are raised by single mothers that are gay and some that are straight, just as there are gay children being raised by straight and single black fathers and gay children who come out of a two parent home. Even people who are “trained professionals” and so called “experts” produce and promote flawed and grossly inaccurate “facts” of science. Psychologist and Scientist across the board have used these same tactics to degrade and dehumanize minorities, especially those of African descent in the Americas and the world. With that history, I think it is especially dangerous and heinous for us to pick up that banner and use it against fellow peoples of African descent. No matter what your personal, religious, etc beliefs against or for homosexuality, it does not give any person or group licence to demonize, dehumanize, and disenfranchise anyone else because they simply dislike or hate something about them. Grow up, learn to respect people even if you do not agree with them, and live your life and let others live theirs.

  7. trey

    February 2, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    So somebody explain to how does a BLACK MAN who grows up with BOTH MOTHER ANNNND FATHER PRESENT in THEIR LIFE who bestowed good morals values and all that GOOD HETEROSEXUAL vaules STILL GROWS UP TO LOVE MEN.could it be JUST LIKE HETEROSEXUAL’S its a thing CALLED ATTRACTION guess people lil feeble minds can’t comprehend that.

  8. Paul Archibald

    February 3, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Hell nah thats that gay agenda they’re trying to push on us remember gay being the new black lol having black men in dresses fashion ext lol child please its just bull…. media

  9. Enoch Mubarak

    February 3, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Black homosexuality is not a choice nor the failure of black women.” …it’s a strategy

    In order for black men to acquire food, shelter, clothing and transportation they compete with the black woman for the love that only a woman can give to her man and because of it black woman you are competing with homosexuals, transsexuals, bisexuals, pre-ops, post ops, drag queens, sissies, cross dressers, homo-thugs or feminine orientated black men for the limited availability of heterosexual black men?

    The black man is afraid of his own life and when the time comes to face his life and responsibilities it means having to face White America that has the resources we need to sustain our existence pertaining to food, shelter, clothing and transportation.

    When the black man is faced with standing toe to toe in responsibility with other men from other races he decided the black woman makes a easier target.

    Let me introduce you to the method to the madness that propel this strategy of taking the path of least resistance…

    There are only 3 ways the black man can approach white America…

    1.) As a homosexual

    2.) As a weak, bald head castrated, diluted, watered down non threatening image of himself

    3.) As a black man standing strong, black and hard.

    (A.) As a homosexual black men are accepted by White America as an alternative sex option for white men and seen as a castrated black-man by white women -…. ACCESS GRANTED

    (B.) As as a bald head castrated, diluted, watered down non threatening image of a strong black man we are no threat to the white status quo and our image is too weak to sexually appeal to white women at large – …..ACCESS GRANTED

    (C.) As a black man standing strong black and hard. – ACCESS DENIED unless…. you have the intelligence, knowledge, skills, courage and know how to uncompromisingly look white America in the eye, stand toe to toe, trade blow for blow and take what you need.

    In order for black men to acquire food, shelter, clothing and transportation they strategically choose A & B as the entry path of least resistance.

    Having dropped out of school, can’t read, can’t write and many with criminal records choosing A & B is chosen as the only way to get White America’s resources.

    • JB

      February 4, 2015 at 4:17 PM

      Rediculous. Again making it personal, I am a college educated black man. My co-workers don’t even know that I am gay (because no one has asked me and I believe that work is only for professional concerns). So I approach “white America” as myself, a man (strong, black, hard, and INTELLIGENT). The reason there aren’t more of us in “White America” is because most of us would rather make baseless excuses like this one instead of doing what it takes to excel. We are too worried about being “cool” or “down” to learn.

      • Enoch Mubarak

        February 4, 2015 at 5:34 PM

        “My co-workers don’t even know that I am gay – TRANSLATED: I am still in the closet and therefore you do not…”approach “white America” as myself, a man (strong, black, hard, and INTELLIGENT).” so lets put it to the test….come out as who and what you really are and lets see if “white America” truly see you as a man standing…” strong, black, hard, and INTELLIGENT”

        • JB

          February 6, 2015 at 6:24 PM

          I am far from closeted. I just don’t believe a gay man should have to make some “grand proclamation” when ever he enters a room to people that are irrelevant to that party of his life. My coworkers are irrelevant to my personal life (I don’t live with any of them, we don’t travel in the same group of friends, etc…). Now if I was in a relationship, they would probably figure it out because I would have my significant other’s picture on my desk or I would bring him to the Christmas party. I don’t have to “prove myself” to them because frankly, they are just bystanders in my journey of life. “White America” will see me as a man standing…” strong, black, hard, and INTELLIGENT” because I DESTROY the competition instead of MAKING EXCUSES for my own inadequacies like some a lot of us do.

          • Enoch Mubarak

            February 6, 2015 at 10:09 PM

            White America does not associate nor are homosexuals connected to the imagery of…..”” strong, black, hard, and INTELLIGENT”. For homosexuals the words ..” strong, black, hard is associated with the type of penis homosexuals are seeking and the word intelligent is replaced with the word…..creative.

  10. Shane dalong

    February 6, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    You know the heading of this article distorts the entire message that is presented in this video. As much I want to disagree with some his thoughts, he is telling a truth that is related to African American culture.

  11. LaGina Jones

    March 11, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    BS. Black men been gay it’s just more socially accepted now so more are “coming out of the closet.” You are either gay or not. Nobody can mold you into it or stop you from becoming. If that’s the case explain all the two family gay children.

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