THE GAY MINORITY
Homosexuality is generally portrayed in sociological and psychological literature as a kind of sickness or form of social maladjustment. The current view derives in part from the earlier theological view that homosexuality is sin, evil, something to be eradicated, and that homosexuals are unhappy people with defective, maternally dominant family backgrounds and with aberrant social relations. This view implies that they are sick, in need of cure, and we should figure out what is wrong with them so we can help them.
The minority group's perspective is radically different from this social maladjustment frame of reference. In this perspective, homosexuality is not an ailment or hereditary defect, but rather an alternative life style as valid as those of "straight society," and homosexuals are an oppressed minority group with striking similarities to other minority groups.