In his latest On the Square column , Russel E. Saltzman addresses sexual identity and identity in Christ:
Over the course of the eighteenth through twentieth centuries homosexuality came to be viewed as a biological or psychological anomaly. What was once regarded as an unusually nasty sin became a pathology to be cured. This generated some genuinely horrific quack cures, like testicular transplants and electro-shock therapy.
Considering the violence inflicted on gays as a punishment for sin or an attempted cure, its not surprising that they reject both classifications of their behavior. They have adopted instead, Selmys says, a homosexual identity producing todays gay subculture and a wider acceptance of the gay life. [H]omosexual identity cements same-sex attractionan otherwise transient bit of normal human experienceas a crucial element of personality.