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June 10, 2014

Texas Republicans Are Driven By Hate, Ignorance and Exclusion

The Texas Republican party wants gay people to have harmful and damaging conversion therapy.

Come on down to the state of Texas, where you’ll feel like it’s the “olden days.”

by Roy Steele

The Texas State Republican party held their convention in Fort Worth, and reaffirmed that they’re an embittered political party, driven by hate, racism, ignorance, and exclusion.

The Texas GOP banned two gay conservative organizations from their state convention, and voted to adopt a new party platform that embraces reparative therapy for LGBT people, to cure us of our “gay feelings.” Reparative therapy is damaging quack science that has been banned in a number of states, and discredited by the American Medical Association, and the American Psychological Association.

Texas right-wingers also voted to support policies that secure the border with Mexico, bans amnesty for undocumented immigrants, and ends in-state college tuition for undocumented immigrants.

The Texas Republican’s racist-in-chief, US Senator Ted Cruz said, “Like never before, our freedom is under assault. Again today, Texans will stand up and lead the fight to defend our freedom.”

I guess it’s in the name of “freedom” that the state GOP also voted to support repealing the Voting Right Act, repealing the minimum wage, withdrawing as a member of the United Nations, repealing the Affordable Care Act, and banning the sale of the “morning after” pill.
If that’s what freedom represents, they can have it. I hate to break it to them, but what they support is more like a fascist state than anything American.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Why are you gay? I fell in love with my mom’s mink stole when I was seven. That’s why I’m gay.

We have more news from the “stupid is as stupid does” department.

The Gallup poll posed the question: “In your view, is being gay or lesbian something a person is born with, or due to factors such as upbringing and environment?”

Gallup revealed that 47% of Americans believe that we are “born this way,” and from the “stupid” department, 37% think that it’s our “upbringing and environment” that determine our sexuality. There are 9% who think that it’s a combination of both factors, 4% think neither, and 8% have no opinion.

The Christian Science Monitor staff writer Brad Knickerbocker reports:
As rapid and wide-spread advances are being made in gay rights, including same-sex marriage, Americans remain divided over whether homosexuality is present before birth or acquired. 
Back in 1978, a majority of Americans (56 percent) believed it to be upbringing and environment; just 13 percent thought gay men and lesbians were “born that way.” 
Since then, belief here moved steadily toward “born that way,” now accepted by a plurality of the public (42-37 percent).  The American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its manual of mental disorders in 1973, no doubt accelerating the trend. 
“Though being gay as the result of genetics or other factors before birth has become a considerably more mainstream belief and is now mentioned by a plurality of Americans, it is still one held by slightly less than half of the U.S. population,” reports Gallup. “This disagreement seems likely to continue as long as the scientific community remains agnostic about the question.”
At this point in time, there is ample evidence to prove that we are born this way, and scientists have been unable to refute this fact.

I don’t understand this obsession with finding an explanation for why LGBT people are “gay.” Looking for a reason seems to suggest that being “gay” is a character flaw that should be corrected and cured, and we all know that’s a bunch of bullshit.

So FU*K YOU Gallup, and F*CK YOU to the 37% of people who freely display their ignorance about our lives.

We don’t need a cure of anything, we need people to care enough to correct these fallacies.

straight talk in a queer world.
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