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11/20/2012

New ridiculous talking point: More out gays = less credibility for science of sexual orientation

by Jeremy Hooper

Since 1994, the cultural landscape for LGBT people has changed in a seismic way. For the better. It doesn't take a politically active Mensa member to understand why now, in a world where LGBT people can (soon) marry in nine states and a celebrity coming out is more likely to be met with a yawn than with a Time magazine cover, more LGBT people are dropping the shackles that previously held them back.

At least that's what I think. The Family Screen Shot 2012-11-20 At 8.23.38 Am Research Council's Senior Policy Fellow, Peter "export/criminalize the gays" Sprigg, has another take:

"There has been a significant growth in the number of women who identify as lesbian, bisexual or transgender -- a much larger growth than the number of men," he says.

"In 1994, there were twice as many homosexual men as women, but now homosexual women actually outnumber the homosexual men."
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"I think that that suggests that there are strong cultural factors at work and that, at least indirectly, undermines the whole theory of a gay gene," Spriggs tells OneNewsNow. "If there were a gay gene, we would never see evolution taking place at that rapid a pace; so something else must be at work."
[ONN]

Yes, Peter, something else is at work. For the past eighteen years, we LGBT activists have cut through the religious right's concerted effort to make life exceedingly tough for LGBT people. We've connected with a public that your "side" tried ever so hard to dupe with misinformation, and we are now winning hearts and minds like never before.

But it wasn't just us. Oh no. People have caught on to how nasty the rhetoric gets on the other side. You, Peter, should have intimate knowledge of this, since there is no single organization that takes the rhetoric to as low of depths as FRC staffers routinely do. This has helped us tremendously. In terms of our allies, the anti-equality movement's overplayed hands has given crucial insight into the hostility that tends to pepper the "pro-family" crowd's talking points. But for LGBT people ourselves, the want and need to use such nasty hyperbole against us has shown us that the easy, natural truth is really the adversary with which the anti-LGBT crowd is sparring. This has been a great gift! It has helped LGBT people realize and accept that easy, natural truth that is and has always been within.

There has, in fact, been an amazing evolution. But it's not one that counters those of us who support a fully realized understanding of our world's full spectrum. No, no—this cultural advancement only confirms certain crucial truths that would've been confirmed eons ago had it not been for certain people and groups making career choices built around discrimination.

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