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03/08/2012

Limiting junk food isn't like pushing junk science (and other obvious truths Michael Brown pretends to not understand)

by Jeremy Hooper

In a clumsy, responsibility-shirking article where he parlays a Tweet from Roseanne Barr into a commentary on what does and not cause LGBT kids to try and/or complete suicide, Michael "gay activists are complicit in the murder of Larry King" Brown reveals the fundamentally broken view that defines much of the anti-LGBT movement. Check out this one, two setup:

First, we should point out that gay kids do not simply kill themselves because they are told that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. In the vast majority of cases, gay teens kill themselves (like other teens do) because of deeper emotional and psychological problems, so we must do whatever we can to help them deal with the deeper issues in their lives. Without a doubt, each of these deaths is a terrible tragedy, but these kids must not be used as pawns to advance a social agenda, nor they should be told that their suicides are somehow expected or unavoidable.

Second, we should ask gay activists if anti-obesity campaigns are causing obese kids to commit suicide. If so, wouldn't this make Michelle Obama complicit in the suicides of kids who were bullied because of their obesity? (In no way do I minimize the horrific tragedy of a teen suicide, whatever its cause. I simply want to expose the folly of the "accomplice to murder/suicide" accusation.)

[One News Now]

The problem, obviously, is that Michael Brown (pic. at left, leading one of his so-called "God Has A Better Way rallies of negligence) and many on his "side" really do see our sexual orientations as something that should 6A00D8341C503453Ef0168E498A569970C be combatted, like obesity. In his setup, anti-gay activists are like anti-obesity (or pro-health, pro-exercise) advocates. For him, "ex-gay" programs -- which Brown has a clear and demonstrable record of supporting -- are like weight loss programs. Because the fundamentally broken view that defines the "pro-family" movement is the one that says gay people have some sort of unhealthy lifestyle which can and should be staved off by a proper "fitness" regimen.

The undeniable truth is that this, the continued culture of aggressive, scientifically abject misinformation, wounds the young LGBT psyche. For those of us who know what it is like to grow LGBT, it's deeply enraging to hear heterosexual people like professional anti-gay activist Brown telling us -- TELLING US! -- what does and does not lead to the terrible tragedy of LGBT suicides. I'm not someone who is going to lay the blame at any one person or group's feet. But if you are building your national profile around discrimination, with a movement that is crass enough to create their own houses of junk science in order to obtain the result they want to hear? Well, you're certainly not helping things!

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