Some teach that homosexual desire itself is sinful,  others state that only the sexual act is a sin,  others are completely accepting of gays and lesbians while some encourage homosexuality. In some situations, teens who are openly gay may risk facing more harassment than those who haven't revealed their sexual orientation. Retrieved 10 September The New Gay. Of the 26 countries that participate militarily in NATOmore than 20 permit openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people to serve. In ancient Assyriahomosexuality was present and common; it was also not prohibited, condemned, nor looked upon as immoral or disordered.
Some reject the term homosexual as an identity-label because they find it too clinical-sounding;    they believe it is too focused on physical acts rather than romance or attraction, or too reminiscent of the era when homosexuality was considered a mental illness. Four separate sexual themes were identified: They concluded: The most common terms for homosexual people are lesbian for females and gay for males, but gay also commonly refers to both homosexual females and males.
The American Psychological Association "encourages mental health professionals to avoid misrepresenting the efficacy of sexual orientation change efforts by promoting or promising change in sexual orientation when providing assistance to individuals distressed by their own or others' sexual orientation and concludes that the benefits reported by participants in sexual orientation change efforts can be gained through approaches that do not attempt to change sexual orientation".