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?
In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.
When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.
In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.
On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.
Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"
Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!
And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.
Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.
Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.
Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.
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