Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Daily Beast shines light on anti-lgbt doctor Paul McHugh

Paul McHugh
A member of the anti-lgbt industry is catching a lot of attention because of an negative study he co-authored but it's not the attention he probably wanted.

Former John Hopkins professor Paul McHugh co-authored a paper which claimed that there is no evidence that people are born gay or transgender. This study was trumpeted by several religious right and anti-lgbt publications even though others were quick to point out how its credibility is damaged by the motivations its publishers and authors.

One party which did this was The Daily Beast. In a short, but straightforward article, The Daily Beast called out McHugh and revealed his long history of anti-lgbt bias:

There is plenty of evidence to show that this isn’t McHugh’s first anti-LGBT rodeo. In 2006, he was quoted as saying that sexual abuse in the Catholic Church was the result of “homosexual predation on American Catholic youth,” as GLAAD noted. Four years later, he filed an amicus brief supporting California’s same-sex marriage ban, arguing that “sexual orientation is, in part, a choice.”

 In 2014, McHugh wrote a widely-cited anti-transgender op-ed for the Wall Street Journal that contradicts position statements from several major medical organizations including the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association.

 Most recently, in the spring of 2016, he helped write a position paper for the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), a small Gainesville, Florida-based organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has called “an anti-LGBT hate group.”



That position paper called health care for trans youth a form of “child abuse.” “It may be an intrinsic problem of American psychiatry to fall into a craze or cult-like misdirection once a decade,” McHugh previously told The Daily Beast about his involvement with that ACPeds paper. “Transgenderism seems to be this decade’s version.”

So it’s no surprise to see McHugh’s name crop up yet again in connection with another round of headlines questioning LGBT identities. In their new paper, McHugh and Mayer express skepticism over the concept of “sexual orientation,” writing that “we may have some reasons to doubt the common assumption that in order to live happy and flourishing lives, we must somehow discover this innate fact about ourselves that we call sexuality or sexual orientation, and invariably express it through particular patterns of sexual behavior or a particular life trajectory.”

The Daily Beast article then goes through a long process of featuring statements and work of several more legitimate medical bodies who refute McHugh's position, including the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the World Professional Association of Transgender Health.

All in all, it's an article which our community should remember because we know how the anti-lgbt industry operates. Regardless of any refutation, we will be seeing and hearing them cite McHugh continuously.

Related posts:

Meet The Doctor Social Conservatives Depend On To Justify Anti-Transgender Hate

Paul McHugh - GLAAD Commentator Accountability Project

'LGBT athletes outperformed anti-lgbt countries in Olympics' & other Tue midday news briefs


Team LGBT Olympic Medal Count Beat Every Country that Criminalizes Gay Sex - Granted, there were a lot of things I didn't like about this year's Olympic Games, but the prevalence of successful lgbt Olympians is something we shouldn't ignore.

 Top 10 Questions about Religious Liberty, Jesus, and LGBT People - A pertinent piece because lgbts are also people of faith. This lgbt vs. Christianity narrative is a lie. It's always been a lie. 

Texas AG Ken Paxton Finally Agrees to Meet One of His Young Transgender Victims - This promises to be interesting.

A New Regnerus? Anti-Equality Groups Promote New Study on Sexual Orientation and Gender - More info about the phony anti-lgbt study which came out yesterday. Guess who is promoting it in spite of its errors.  

18 Tips For LGBT Teens In High School, From People Who Have Been There - Honey, I got a list of things to say . . .

Anti-lgbt industry relentlessly pushes against equality with no regard for truth

One thing the lgbt community must take into account about the anti-lgbt industry is how relentless members try to be. They feel that they are being divinely led to stand against homosexuality so with that regard, they ignore general rules of practice.

That is to say to them, any demonizing lie told about the lgbt community gets repeated no matter how many times it has been refuted. And any positive fact about our equality gets disputed, no matter how outrageous the stream of argument may sound.

We saw an example of the former yesterday when they came out with yet another study distorting science to demonize the lgbt community. Like so many others, this study has been called out for falsehoods and misrepresentations.

And we see an example of the latter with this video of the Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver. claiming that the Obergefell decision by SCOTUS, which legalized marriage equality, is not the law of the land.

But it is the law of the land:

Monday, August 22, 2016

'Transgender youth harmed by federal judge ruling' & other Mon. midday news briefs


While the anti-lgbt industry and other anti-transgender activists gloat over today's ruling blocking the Obama Administration from enforcing transgender guidance in schools, here is some thought of who is really at stake and at harm  - our transgender youth

Transgender student gives personal account of controversial issue

In Texas Transgender Suit, Who’s Facing Harm?

In other news:

J.K. Rowling Shuts Down Christian Group Over Olympically Homophobic Tweet - Rowling goes off on a "Christian" group for a spiteful and homophobic tweet.  

Janet Porter: God Will Hold You Accountable For Not Voting For Trump - Lovely. Janet Porter steps back from hating on lgbts to go crazy for Trump. That can't be good. 

 Kim Davis’ fight is officially over as judge dismisses cases as ‘moot’ - And we can still get married. We win regardless of how her people spin it.

Weird questions gay couples get

Calling all of my gay friends in relationships, since I am not in one (shut up!), I need to ask you - have you been asked these questions?

Friday, August 19, 2016

James and Shirley Dobson sell out their 'values' to endorse Trump

Need any more proof that a. Donald Trump isn't a friend to the lgbt community like he claims to be and b. all of the talk from religious right groups and figures about "traditional values " is just a bunch of bunk? Watch the following video in which religious and anti-lgbt figures former Focus on the Family head James Dobson and his wife, Shirley endorse Trump for president. Apparently to them,  a racist, xenophobic, egotistical man who lies at the drop of a hate (such as when he claimed Obama founded ISIS)  is exactly the man America needs as president to "preserve" morality:

'Fake medical group targeting transgender kids' & other Fri midday news briefs

Fake medical group targeting transgender kids.

Fake Medical Organization Publishes Lie-Ridden Manifesto Attacking Transgender Kids - A group funneling homophobic lies (such as gay men rub themselves with feces) as legitimate medical facts is attacking transgender children. Anti-lgbt lies and distortions are like lumps in oatmeal. You find yourself constantly having to constantly beat them down. 

Pastors rarely asked to wed same-sex couples - Another anti-lgbt lie (pastors will be forced to perform same-sex weddings) meets truth. Not that it will stop anti-lgbt activists from repeating the lie, but there nothing wrong with creating a paper trail of truth to refute the lie. 

 Battle lines of church and state: Fired over same-sex marriage, educator sues Paramus Catholic - I feel this way - if a religious school is getting tax payer money in any way, shape, or form then any kind of discrimination is wrong. 

We Must Help LGBT Athletes From Repressive Countries, Says Olympian Who Proposed To His Boyfriend - Got lots of hills to climb . . .  

After Media Spends Months Pretending Trump Is LGBT Friendly, He Hires Head Of Bigoted Website To Run His Campaign - Simply reiterating what needs to be reiterated.

Linda Harvey quietly continues to smear positive lgbt education in schools

It's relatively easy for us to get distracted by the madness of this election. But let's not forget that there are some who are still declaring war on our community and our kids. Such as Linda Harvey:

Linda Harvey
"Be wary. While much of America is over here protesting the invasion of bathrooms, homosexual behavior is quietly being inserted into the school curricula while few are looking, as if it did no harm, as if it truly were an inborn identity like race. Especially watch for outrageously pornographic sex ed programs to be launched, the details of which you as a parent are unlikely to receive unless you push past all the roadblocks the school will erect. The latest trend is to enact “inclusive” sex ed under the banner of being “comprehensive.” But that means they will just be ramping up the normalization of teen sex and abortion and now, homosexual behavior as well."
  
Ignorance and hate never sleeps. And neither should we. Figuratively speaking, of course.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Religious right supporters refuse to believe the obvious about Trump

The American Family Association's fake news site, One News Now, seems to be successful in its practice of pushing phony positive articles about Trump..

The following was the latest poll accompanying the latest "Trump isn't as bad as the liberal media has him out to be" article:


After I voted, the following were the results:


The poor dears. Well that's one delusion I strongly agree with them having. Just as long as the rest of us who don't want Trump to win keep up the momentum and not fall victim to complacency

'Pioneering transgender model makes stunning comeback' & other Thur. midday news briefs

Tracey 'Africa' Norman

Here's What We Can Learn From Tracey 'Africa' Norman's Triumphant Return to Modeling - I read this story and felt it needed a wider audience as possible. I love the fact that in this case, a pioneer in the lgbt community who suffered because of ignorance makes an awesome comeback. The first African-American openly transgender model proves the adage that "black don't crack." 

Queer, Brown, Muslim — And Constantly Under Attack - More attention should be focused on our Muslim lgbt brothers and sisters, particularly in times like these. 

 Prominent gay Republicans urge RNC to stop funding Trump -Good luck in your attempts to stop THAT train, my brother. 

 San Antonio to Fight Anti-LGBT Legislation That Could Cost It 2018 Final Four - As always, money talks . . .  

Inside Marco Rubio's Desperate Fake Support for LGBT Rights - which most of us could tell was fake from miles away.


Photo taken from Advertising Age

Homophobia only scratches the surface with Trump's 'Kitchen Cabinet'

The people Trump has selected to get him in the White House are a motley crew of bottom feeding, racist, Islamophobic individuals. The fact that many of them are also homophobic is shockingly - or not so shockingly - something which could get lost in the shuffle. But it shouldn't be because their homophobia runs deep.

From Media Matters:


The Trump Connection
Kellyanne Conway served as a senior adviser and pollster for the Trump campaign, and was recently named campaign manager.

What You Need To Know
Conway has long been involved in conservative politics, mostly as a pollster working with conservative groups like the NRA, Family Research Council and Republican candidates like Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann.

Conway once said that people “don’t want their kids looking at a cartoon with a bunch of lesbian mothers” and suggested the representation of same-sex parents in children’s programming was a “corrupting” influence.” She also once argued that “political correctness” could create a situation where there were “air traffic controllers who don’t speak great English” leading to “two planes crashing in the sky.” She also argued that “revulsion towards men” is “part and parcel of the feminist movement” and that “baby girls [are] being killed just because they’re girls” in America.

And that only scratches the surface. Check out more info on Media Matters or Towleroad.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

'Moonlight' tells needs-to-be-seen story of young gay black men


The problem I have with African-American oriented movies is that the good ones are mostly historical and the comedic ones are too proud. And hardly any of them feature any lgbts of color.

Moonlight, a movie coming out in October looks like it's going to be good. It's a contemporary story about a young gay black man grappling with his orientation. The trailer is simply devastating. This movie looks like it could win some awards. That would be nice because then we could simultaneously start a conversation about lgbts of color in the black community and focus on the next step in motion pictures - featuring an lgbt of color ALREADY content with his or her sexuality.



'25 crazy reasons the religious right supports Trump' & other Wed. midday news briefs


‘God’s Guy’: 25 Religious Right Justifications For Supporting Donald Trump - It's like I said in my last post. Morality to the religious right gets turned on and off as quickly as a light bulb. 

 Expo, community picnic and more on tap at SC Black Pride Week in Columbia - A little bragging is in order. The organization I helped to start in South Carolina will be having its 11th annual Expo! Sweet! Pay attention to us Southern lgbts of color. 

  Directive to require trans bathroom access in federal buildings - Wonderful move by the Obama Administration. 

A Gay MP Was Questioned About Sharing A Bed With His Partner In A New York Hotel - I would have LOVED to have been asked the question. The snarkiness would be strong in me. 

 One of America's Least Gay-Friendly Universities Drops Its License to Discriminate (But Why?) - Fear of losing money has always been a great equalizer.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

'Calm demeanor' article exposes religious right hypocrisy about Trump

Religious right willing to overlook things if Trump gets them power.

Ah yes, the religious right. So quick to condemn homosexuality for being an alleged sin. So quick to claim that they are working to preserve the idea of the pure American family and morality in general. So quick to claim that they are standing in the gap for "God's people" in a "God-less" world.

So what do some of these self-appointed saints think about Trump? Bear in mind that this man has attacked a gold star family, claimed that President Obama and Hillary Clinton helped found ISIS, and asked Russia to hack into Clinton's emails.

However, the American Family Association's fake news site, One News Now, just ran an article today kissing up to Trump so hard one would think that group was auditioning to be Trump's fourth wife. Here is a little snippet which will probably make you laugh:

In a 35-minute speech at a "Pastors and Pews" event in Orlando, Trump noted that evangelicals have been silenced by threats from the IRS to take away their churches' tax exempt status – something he said he'd change.
"We're going to get your voice back. We're going to get it back," he told the crowd. 
 . . . Pastor Bryan Schwartz attended the event and says he was impressed by Trump's poise. "His demeanor was calm. It was collected," the pastor says. "And what he was sharing was important to the faith community, really trying to encourage them to have the courage to lead in our community, in our congregations, and not be silenced."
Schwartz says he also embraced Trump's message of political involvement from the pulpit.

We've seen Trump and heard his speeches. The vast majority of us who oppose the idea of him as president do so because he doesn't have calm demeanor or poise. He can't concentrate on a single issue and is too concerned with settling grudges and throwing out outrageous snippets that he can't focus on simple policy.

He is, at the least, a more woefully inadequate presidential candidate than that Martin Sheen character in The Dead Zone movie, i.e. the one who would have blown up the planet.
 
This ass-kissing article says more about groups like AFA and pastors like Schwartz who support Trump than  it reveals anything noteworthy about Trump. Their lies about Trump's so-called calm demeanor isn't fooling anyone. They only want Trump, not because they feel he is the moral one to support, but because he has guaranteed that they will attain more power should he become president.   And they are willing to overlook all the times when Trump has acted, shall we say, less than morally fit.

There is nothing Christian or moral about their idea of "pragmatism." What would Jesus do, indeed?

Photo courtesy of Religious Dispatches.

'Omaha school district has the 'bathroom battle' about transgender youth' & other Tue. midday news briefs


WATCH: Omaha schools meeting goes off rails as angry parents blame trans kids for destroying America - Fear and ignorance are the parents to the bastard children of hate and prejudice. It depresses me how folks will not educate themselves about our transgender kids. It puts me in the mind of a depressing video I saw last night in which someone said "this whole thing started with Caitlyn Jenner." Uh, no it didn't.

 Passions flare as OPS board considers policies regarding transgender students - The good news from the above item is that the school district is standing firm in the commitment of protecting transgender children. 

 It’s 2016, And 40% of Gay Kids Have Considered Suicide - Ugh! We need to do more!  

Theodore Shoebat Longs For Days When Marco Rubio Would Be Hung From The Gallows - Leave it to that nasty Shoebat boy to make me feel a bit sorry for Rubio. And I despise Rubio.

 12 Adorable Photos from Gay Uncles Day - If you don't think that this is adorable, you have no soul. Seriously.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Anti-lgbt hate group extends to next generation of vile leadership

When it comes to the anti-lgbt hate group the American Family Association and its leaders, Donald Wildmon and his son Tim Wildmon, it's sadly easy to see how lying about the lgbt community becomes a family business.

Unfortunately, that extends to a new generation, Walker Wildmon, the son of Tim. He sent the following nonsense via twitter:


The Wildmons prove that those of us dedicated to lgbt equality and safety must not slack off in our fight. We would like to think that the day will come when hypocrites and homophobes like this family aren't attempting to defame us, but I doubt there will be a day when we are completely free from lies told in the name of God trumpeted by those who have no shame in telling them.

But that doesn't mean we should stop fighting.  Nor does it mean we should yield and allow them to steal the narrative. The rainbow belongs to us because we, just like heterosexuals, are as God has made us.

And marriage belongs to us because we earned it.

And little Mr. Wildmon nor anyone else can take either away from us.

Hat tip to 

'Trump, Pence demonstrate hypocrisy over lgbt equality, safety' & other Mon. midday news briefs

Trump claims to want to protect lgbts from terrorists.
But his vice presidential pick can't answer a simple question about equality

Trump To Float Ideological Test For Immigrants: Must Agree With Religious Freedom And LGBT Rights - Don't even TRY it, Trump. You may be fooling SOME folks, but this queen and so many others aren't fooled. You claim to want to protect us from ISIS, but what about the homophobes in America, particularly your vice presidential pick, Mike Pence. 

Pence gives non-answer on allowing anti-gay discrimination - Speaking of which, one would think Pence learned something from the meltdown regarding the "religious liberty" law in his state. 

 No, Marco Rubio Did Not Just Preach Tolerance For LGBT People - Speaking of folks trying to fool the lgbt community, very few of us is falling for Sen. Marco Rubio's fake mea culpa from last Friday.  

The Mainstreaming of Gay Culture - Wonderful article. For the record, however, I am very resentful when these type of discussions come up. I am a Southern black gay male, born and raised. I've never been to the Castro, nor any other places that some folks consider to be the lgbt meccas. I don't like lgbt history and culture being defined solely by those places and the folks who lived there or are there now. There should be more of an appreciation of our diversity.

 Poll: Young Americans overwhelmingly favor LGBT rights - I just looove the young folks. Now if we can get more of them to vote, particularly in mid-year elections.

Pastors suing for 'religious exemption' to ex-gay therapy ban


And yet another example of how "religious liberty" is being manipulated against the lgbt community. In this case, our lgbt kids could be put at risk.

From The Washington Post:

A group of Illinois pastors filed suit against the state Thursday, arguing that clergy should be exempt from a law banning counselors from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation because it violates their constitutional right to free speech and exercise of religion.

The law, which went into effect in January, bans licensed counselors and mental health professionals from practicing “conversion therapy” — counseling designed to make gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer people become straight — on minors. While religious leaders don’t fall under this category, the suit says pastors could be held liable for consumer fraud under a section of the law that says “no person or entity” may advertise or practice conversion therapy that “represents homosexuality as a mental disease, disorder or illness.”

And that’s exactly what the five Christian pastors think, according to their lawsuit filed in federal court. “These pastors teach that homosexual conduct is contrary to God’s purpose for humanity and a disorder of God’s creation which can be resisted or overcome by those who seek to be faithful to God and His Word. This is what they say to those who seek their counsel — including minors,” according to the lawsuit, posted online by the law firm representing the pastors.

Supposedly these pastors don't want to change the law. They just want to be exempted from following it.

The idea that homosexuality is a sin is merely an opinion. However, the facts are that any therapy which attempts to alter sexual orientation can be detrimental and for that reason is opposed by several mainstream  health organizations such as the American Psychological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association.

Religious liberty entails the right to worship as one pleases. This does not and never should include subjecting children to harm by fraudulent medical practices.

photo courtesy of Truth Wins Out.