Why have gay activists instigated media attention over ex-gays and the husband of Presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann?
The ex-gay existential threat
Mr. Bachmann, has a PhD in clinical psychology and runs several counseling centers. Those centers also offer to help homosexual clients who want to overcome unwanted same-sex attractions. The problem: even one ex-gay proves that homosexual behavior is not something that one is born with, or something that he or she cannot change. So the gay lobby fears its former members. So they make false claims and attacks to prevent homosexuals from exercising their right to self-determination. They cannot bear to have even one homosexual leave homosexuality. Hence their outrage at Dr. Bachmann.
I know because I am ex-gay myself. I suffer more harassment as a former homosexual than I ever did as an out and proud homosexual.
Who are ex-gays?
The ex-gay community includes thousands of former homosexuals like myself who benefited from counseling. We did not choose our homosexual feelings. We did exercise our right to seek help to change those feelings. As a registered nurse, I saw hundreds of gay men die of AIDS before I finally left the gay lifestyle.
Contrary to the myths that outraged homosexuals are telling, no medical association prohibits counseling for unwanted same-sex attractions. Unhappy homosexuals are not children in need of parental permission. They can freely choose their own therapeutic treatment just like anyone else.
Gay cool, straight not cool?
The Bachmann incident shows that as homosexuals gain more civil rights, heterosexuals are losing theirs. Gays are a wealthy and politically powerful minority. They claim access to media attention, political power and corporate influence that middle America does not have.
President Obama depends on the wealth of the gay community for his election and reelection campaigns. So he vigorously implements gay, bisexual and trans-gender policies at every level of the federal government. But he omits the only unpopular status of sexual orientation—that of ex-gay. (To his credit, Obama refused to cave in to homosexuals when they demanded he remove ex-gay singer Donnie McClurkin from a campaign fundraiser.)
Media not watching
President Obama needs to show that kind of courage once more. He must support those who change their sexual orientation as much as he supports those who change their gender. But who will ask him? A jittery media fearful of gay reprisals remain silent, a further testament to homosexual influence and power.
While the media look the other way, unforgiving gay activists harass and publicly denounce the ex-gay community. Our unpopular sexual orientation impels them to do this.
Wayne Besen of the hate group Truth Wins Out, and other modern-day Sauls, stalk and expose ‘out’ ex-gays in a negative light to make them retreat into the closet. Lambda Legal supports the establishment of GLBT Centers at public universities but blocks any attempt at ex-gay equal access. The gay community repeatedly defeats corporate shareholder resolutions to include ex-gays in anti-discrimination policies.
The Human Rights Campaign demands same-sex marriage for gays while fighting ex-gay equality. One of their latest victories is to successfully bully the World Bank into denying funds to ex-gay charities while allowing gay organizations to take part.
Dangerous to whom?
Ex-gays are not dangerous or deluded as homosexual extremists charge. We are the National Education Association’s Ex-Gay Educators Caucus. We are Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, which successfully sued the District of Columbia government for refusing to recognize former homosexuals in its sexual orientation protections. We are your doctors, teachers, ministers, family, and neighbors.
The American Psychological Association adheres to a code of ethics which calls on their members to respect a person’s right to self-determination. Therefore the only question about the Dr. Bachmann news is this: Should homosexuals have the right to decide heterosexuality? That is, if a gay man decides he wants to live as a healthy heterosexual, as I decided, should homosexuals have the right to veto that decision?
The answer will decide if a politically powerful minority like the gay community will rule America, or if equality and justice for all will prevail. As for me, I long to live in an America where my friends and I are not hounded by gay activists because I chose to change from gay to straight.
Greg Quinlan is President of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays and Executive Director of Equality and Justice For All.
Featured image: official photo of Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN-6). Photo: US House of Representatives
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