The causes of homosexuality continue to both fascinate and divide people. Recently, in London, a conservative group of Anglicans, called the Anglican Mainstream hosted a conference to discuss the causes of homosexuality and promote change from gay to straight. Featured at the conference was American psychologist, Joseph Nicolosi. Nicolosi stirred much controversy when he said, without research support, that most of his clients show some degree of change in their sexual orientation.
In a decision that it reached "with not insignificant difficulty", the High Court has allowed a gay Singaporean man to adopt his biological son, whom he fathered in the United States through a surrogate mum. The pathologist father had brought the Pennsylvania-born boy, now five, to Singapore, but his bid to adopt him was rejected by a district judge last year. In judgment grounds issued yesterday, the three-judge court stressed that its move to reverse the decision was based "on the particular facts of the case and should not be taken as an endorsement of what the appellant and his partner set out to do". But the court found that, based on all the case's circumstances, neither of these reasons is "sufficiently powerful to enable us to ignore the statutory imperative to promote the welfare of the child, and, indeed, to regard his welfare as first and paramount".
Men all over the country find themselves struggling with talking to, being with, or caring for their fathers. Fathers and sons often spend very little time talking to one another, however, they often say plenty during this silence. This workshop is designed to explore why so many fathers and sons seem to find it so hard to communicate with and understand one another. Boys imprint themselves onto the men in their lives, copying them and looking to them as important sources for forming an identity and building self-esteem.
As we celebrate Father's Day, it's interesting to compare three new films in which the father-son relationship is challenged by the revelation that either the father or his son is gay. Nothing strikes at the heart of machismo quite like finding out that the apple of your eye, the fruit of your loins, ain't quite the manly man you had always imagined. The bottom line, however, is crystal clear. It's all about unconditional love.