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Paul Cameron vs. Abigail Garner on SiriusQ

Jim Burroway

May 25th, 2006

Paul Cameron and Abigail Garner appeared in this afternoon’s Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusQ Satellite Radio. For those of you who don’t know, SiriusQ is the designated LGBT radio channel on the Sirius system. Paul Cameron was there to tout his manuscript Children of Homosexuals and Transsexuals More Apt To Be Homosexual which appeared in the Journal of Biosocial Science and was based largely on Abigail Garner’s book, Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is. These interviews were bound to be very interesting.

Paul Cameron was first up, and during his interview he made a startling statement. He said that he read in Abigail Garner’s book that she claimed it was made up of a “fairly representative” sample of gay vs. straight adult children of LGBT parents because these kids came to her through the grapevine. He also said that he had no idea what Abigail Garner’s “sexual preference.”

Poor Paul. I have to wonder what’s happening with his memory these days. He remembers reading in Abigail’s book that her sample was “fairly representative.” But during the same interview, he said that he doesn’t remember submitting his manuscript to the journal Pediatrics, he doesn’t remember being censured by the Nebraska Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association, and he doesn’t remember what Abigail “enjoys doing in her bedroom.”

Okay. I’ll have to give him that last one. I don’t know what she enjoys doing in her bedroom either. I also don’t have a clue as to what her “sexual preference” might be. But when Abigail appeared on the program after Paul Cameron’s interview was over, she reminded us what anybody who really read her book would have known: she is heterosexual, and nowhere in her book did she ever make the claim that her sample was the least bit representative.

I wonder if the JBS editors are paying attention to any of this?

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