Paul Cameron Denies Being Gay

Jim Burroway

May 16th, 2012

Paul Cameron appeared on David Pakman’s TV program, where he finally fessed up to what many of us had thought all along:

Anti-gay activist Paul Cameron, Chairman the of Family Research Institute, explains why he thinks President Obama is gay, why homosexuals want to rape all young boys, and incredibly, denies being gay himself after admitting he was attracted to men as early as age 3.

Before Cameron came along, religious gay rights opponents stuck mainly to religious-based arguments. It was Cameron who worked up tracts with copious footnotes which purported to lay out a “scientific” explanation why LGBT equality was bad for society. One classic example is his pamphlet, “Medical Consequences of What Homosexuals Do,” which contains 33 footnotes from otherwise often-reliable medical, psychological and sociological sources. The casual reader would likely see those footnotes and conclude that the pamphlet was well-researched and backed by sound scientific data. But in one of my first projects — a project that gave birth to this very web site — I examined that pamphlet closely and found that nearly all of the source material was mischaracterised, and that some of sources actually contradicted Cameron’s claims.

Yet his work was hugely influential to the growing anti-gay political movement, and his discredited “research” is still cited by a large number of other anti-gay activists and writers today — despite his having been denounced by the American Psychological Association in 1983, by the Nebraska Psychological Association in 1984, the American Sociological Association in 1985 and 1986, the Canadian Psychological Association in 1996 and, more recently, the Eastern Psychological Association in 2007.

Oh, and he believes that the Nazis did a swell job in “dealing with” homosexuals during World War II.

This interview really explains a lot in my mind. I’m pressed for time, but I’ll have more on this later.

Update: I’ve truncated the headline. It used to read “Paul Cameron Denies Being Gay Despite Being Attracted To Men.” But having finally had the chance to listen to this all the way through, I don’t believe the hype surrounding this video is accurate. But I do think this interview is very revealing for other reasons. That’s what I want to touch on later.

(If anyone has any guesses about where I want to go with this — and it does relate to his childhood — go ahead and leave your thoughts in the comments. Maybe I’ll use them, with credit of course, in my upcoming post.)

Stephen

May 16th, 2012

I’m not gay but my boyfriend is.

Priya Lynn

May 16th, 2012

This is pretty juicy, I’m going to savour the interview later.

As many pointed out at the time, it was hard to believe Cameron didn’t have same sex atttractions when he said “If all you want is the best orgasm possible of course a man is going to know how to provide it to another man the best and a woman is going to know how to provide it to another woman the best.”

Ben in Oakland

May 16th, 2012

Holy St. Projection.

This is one hell of an admission.

Timothy Kincaid

May 16th, 2012

Am I surprised? Well, no not really.

In fact, I now find it surprising when one of the virulently anti-gay ranters are not same-sex attracted (or sneaking off to Europe to have their luggage lifted).

They’ve become cliché – and having become slimy to the point of repulsiveness, I suspect that they will be the demise of their cause.

Priya Lynn

May 16th, 2012

You’re right Timothy, it is becoming cliche’. This would seem to have to be quite a blow to their credibility.

Jim Burroway

May 16th, 2012

Update: I’ve truncated the headline. It used to read “Paul Cameron Denies Being Gay Despite Being Attracted To Men.”. But having finally had the chance to listen to this all the way through, I don’t believe the hype surrounding this video is accurate. But I do think this interview is very revealing for other reasons. That’s what I want to touch on later.

(If anyone has any guesses about where I want to go with this — and it does relate to his childhood — go ahead and leave your thoughts in the comments. Maybe I’ll use them, with credit of course, in my upcoming post.)

DJ

May 17th, 2012

Honestly, I think I feel sorry for the guy. Don’t get me wrong…I think his “research” is deplorable, and I think he’s caused a lot of damage to a lot of people by direct assault and by supplying the type of ammunition to nutjobs that has convinced a lot of gay folks that they couldn’t possibly be simultaneously gay and decent human beings.

But I can’t help but think that so much of his animus is motivated by some deep, deep wounds caused by this alleged “raping”. There seem to be a lot of unresolved issues there, and I can’t help but pity someone who is that psychologically bound.

David Pakman

May 17th, 2012

Thank you for posting about my interview with the good doctor!

Ben in Oakland

May 17th, 2012

I’ve tried twice to listen to this, and couldn’t get through it. I have al or of thoughts already, and I don’t even know what he said. That alone ought to make me eligible to be a fox news commentator. I will be interested in your analysis.

Regan DuCasse

May 17th, 2012

I’m a bit short on facts. Is he related to the has been actor, Kirk Cameron?
I keep thinking I should know this, but I’m not sure.
The two of them think and talk a lot alike, leaving me to believe they are father and son?

Would appreciate clarification. Thanks!

Jim Burroway

May 17th, 2012

They are not related, although Paul Cameron also has a son named Kirk, which only adds to the confusion.

KZ

May 17th, 2012

Regan,

Paul Cameron has a son named Kirk. However, this is not the actor from “Growing Pains.” Paul Cameron’s son, Dr. Kirk Cameron, is a “Statistical Scientist and Family Research Institute Board Member” according to the FRI website.

Both men have the same first and last name and are anti-gay.

StraightGrandmother

May 17th, 2012

I think Jim is going to talk about Paul Cameron being raped by a man when he was 3 years old.

Ben In Oakland

May 17th, 2012

SGM: Or quite possibly, believing he was raped by a man, depending on what you mean by raped and what you mean by man. Or blaming that “fact” as to why he was sorta gay.

I know a person– who it is will have to wait– who claimed that she was molested as a child. Maybe it happened, mayb e it didn’t. She whipped it out when she was cornered on something else– changing the subject. she was someone who loved drama, and took no responsibility for her life.

i suspect I’ll have a lot to write on this, and looking forwqard to Jim’s article.

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