August 9th, 2007
Update: I’ve rescinded the LaBarbera Award for the so-called “Gay Straight Alliance”. Click here to see why.
When I instituted the LaBarbera Award, I anticipated that I’d end up giving it to an ostensibly pro-gay site. I just didn’t think it would be so soon. But if this amateurish web site for the Gay Straight Alliance is a pro-gay “resource,” then you can count me out:
WITHOUT GSA ACCESS, STUDENTS ARE FORCED TO SIMPLY KILL CLASSMATES WHO TAUNT & BULLY – SHOOTING, STABBING AND POISONING ARE THE COMMON FORMS OF RETRIBUTION. FAR TOO MANY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS LIKE BULLYING CHILDREN TO THE POINT WHERE RETRIBUTION AGAINST CLASSMATES AND FACULTY IS ONLY OPTION TO REDRESS RELENTLESS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN MANY REGIONS. SPECIOUSLY-NAMED “PRO-FAMILY” LEADERS ARE CHILD MOLESTERS WHO MAKE MONEY STIGMATIZING HOMOSEXUALITY TO SILENCE GAY VICTIMS.
So let’s dispense with the obvious and the obligatory. This is bunk. While there is some evidence that high-profile school shooters experienced marginalization among their peers, it is the height of irresponsibility to conclude that anyone is “forced” to kill classmates. Let’s be clear: Retribution is NEVER the only option, nor is it EVER a reasonable one. Furthermore, equating “pro-family” leaders with child molesters irresponsibly trivializes the very real pain of those who experienced child sexual abuse, and it diminishes the horrible crimes of their abusers. So let’s just be clear about that.
Whoever is behind this web site is peddling hate, pure and simple. It is about as legitimate as Peter LaBarbera’s or Mission America’s.
Anti-gay web sites are just beginning to pass this “portal” around as if this were the work of a legitimate gay rights organization. This amateurish web site, which is kind of slick-ish in that outmoded “frames and popups are cool!” sort of way, carries just the kind of hyperbolic rhetoric that makes anti-gay activists’ day.
GrasstopsUSA’s Don Feder appears to have been the first to notice the site. Linda Harvey of Mission America sent Feder’s article out in an E-mail Alert. Exodus’s Mike Ensley then made the appropriate condemnation while noting the site is not an official site connected with GLSEN. He nevertheless sought to make a link anyway with his call to effectively hold GLSEN responsible for any offensive site that may appear on the whole World Wide Web. Exodus president Alan Chambers then picked up on Ensley’s post and described the site as representing “the GSA powers that be.” And so it spreads.
Even Warren Throckmorton has picked up on it, and the comments on his site are interesting. Commenters who generally take anti-gay stances were generally somewhat more prepared to accept the site at face value as a legitimate site. Gay commenters however were quick to see through it. (Update: Warren has added an update apologizing for leaving the impression that the web site is connected with GLSEN or the similarly named GSANetwork.)
I invite you to look the site over carefully and notice a few things:
Ex-Gay Watch’s David Roberts did a little digging and found that it belongs to a company called Event Horizon Publications, but little else is know about them. But the fact is, anybody with a couple of bucks and web authoring software can throw up a decent looking web site and call themselves a “resource for student support groups.” It doesn’t mean they’re legitimate, but it does mean that they can be grist for the anti-gay mill.
But worse, it also means that they can give a deeply disturbed student the justification he needs to act out on his violent impulses. And for that, they deserve every condemnation that comes their way, no matter where it comes from.
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.
The FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.