Are people born gay or do these feelings develop over time? It's still a mystery, but that doesn't stop researchers and laymen alike from asking if our environments are to blame, as if being gay is an affliction that needs to be solved like a cycle of poverty. Some psychologists and ex-gay therapy groups often throw in the claim that gay men long for other men out of a subconscious need to connect with an absent or lacking father. According to theories, this "father hunger" is so strong that gay men deny their "natural" attractions and head toward the boy's room. I'm no psychologist, but the idea of father hunger sounds plausible given the number of subconscious actions we take based on environmental influences.
The Curse of an Attraction to Older Gay Men | Psychology Today
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