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Video: Pre-'Phil'ed rhetoric

by Jeremy Hooper

The contentious "Dr Phil" episode that features a pair of anti-gay/pro"ex-gay" personalities, Focus on the Family's Glenn Stanton and NARTH's Joseph Nicolosi, is scheduled to air today. To prep the viewing audience in a completely unchallenged fashion (their favorite kind of scenario), Focus on the Family has made this precursory video:

Fathers should "pull [boys] into manhood and masculinity"? Mothers should "welcome [girls] into womanhood"? That's the sort of "expertise" we can expect from Mr. Stanton? Basically that kids should be molded into the one "norm" that Focus on the Family finds acceptable? The same "norm" that, in addition to referring to these kids as "gender confused," also says that gay and lesbian people are immoral, perverted, unfit for civil equality, and "changeable"?!! That's the sort of counterbalance "Dr. Phil" producers have booked to challenge the established medical community?

On very few subjects would this sort of booking be accepted. But since LGBT matters, and especially the "T" part, are still so widely considered to be sensationalistic subjects, TV people book guests who will do more to foster the so-called culture war than to usher in accurate information that could genuinely help the home viewer. It's annoying on it's face. But when you dig a little deeper and think of the actual human lives that could so drastically be affected by this widely viewed program, these sorts of bookings are downright painful.

Focus Expert Appears on 'Dr. Phil' [FOF]

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Your thoughts

We HAVE GOT TO CHALLENGE these people when they claim to be experts. From what I understand, Stanton has absolutely no credentials in what he talks about. Someone should bring that to people's attention.

Posted by: a. mcewen | Jan 13, 2009 10:23:21 AM

Frankly, I'm surprised that bald queen Dr. Phyllis still has a show on TV.

Posted by: John Ozed | Jan 13, 2009 10:23:28 AM

That man sounds gay. Gay gay gay.

Posted by: TheGT | Jan 13, 2009 10:50:26 AM

Stanton, Said that the kids often struggle, and find difficulties. Sure! Mostly because People, and I use that term loosely, make it incredibly difficult, standing out their on the bully pulpit they've created from the broken backs of GLBT people everywhere, People like Him, are the reason I didn't transition earlier, People like Him are why I have to take means to defend myself.

The bullies on the playground, the dehumanizing looks questions, and comments, the physical attacks that are suffered by GLBT people, are ALL encouraged, and given intellectual safe harbor by people like him, They claim they don't condone violence, and I'm sure they don't. but it's the result of what they do.

He says these kids are making a choice, and I know in my case, There was a choice, but it was only this choice:

make who I am on the outside, match who I am on the inside, and give up this horrible charade of the first 22 years of my life, or Suicide.

I think I chose the right one. especially if it seems to be the one that Mr. Stanton would have preferred I NOT choose, I'm sure he'd want me to "stick it out, give Masculinity a longer try!" Well, I chose the one, that lets me look at myself in the mirror, and see someone I'm proud of, and happy with.

I wonder if Mr. Stanton can do the same.

Sorry, I'm afraid I got a bit carried away, I didn't mean this to be this long.

Posted by: Jenny | Jan 13, 2009 6:30:43 PM

Sure life does become difficult for transitioned people,just as it was before they transitioned , but only because society makes it so . When I say society I mean the folk influenced by pseudo religious diatribes by the likes of Stanton, et al. Surely Jesus message was for understanding, and forgiveness; not stone them because they are sinners.

Posted by: Ellen M Hughes | Jan 17, 2009 2:13:16 PM

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