Jeff Sharlet talks about Uganda on Democracy Now

Not usually my source for news, but this clip of Jeff Sharlet on Democracy Now is interesting in that he says David Bahati is ready to move the Anti-Homosexuality Bill along. Specifically at 32:43, Sharlet says:What I'm hearing from David Bahati, the author of the bill, with whom I am still in touch, is that he's now being promised a second reading, and this new step in the press is a very alarming one because it shows that its moving back to the forefront of Ugandan society. The at … [Read more...]

Golden Rule Pledge releases bullying prevention lesson plans for church youth groups

News ReleaseFor immediate release – 10.20.10Golden Rule Pledge releases bullying prevention lesson plans for church youth groupsFree downloads help church groups prevent bullying, speak against anti-gay harassmentOn a day when many people are speaking out against bullying, the Golden Rule Pledge is releasing materials which can be used by churches to help prevent youth bullying.  Available for free download on the Golden Rule Pledge website, these lesson plans and class ac … [Read more...]

Go take this survey…

Bridge builder Andrew Marin is researching the religiosity and sexuality with a survey I can recommend. There are three weeks left in the survey period and I want to invite readers to go check it out.Here is his call for participants:We only have 3 weeks left in our 4 year study of faith experiences and religious/spiritual acculturation within the LGBT community!You can click here for all of the information (and answers to questions that were raised about it in the comment section) on … [Read more...]

CNN, Richard Cohen and California dreaming

More later, but here is the CNN episode which discusses the CA law which once required study of factors which might lead to homosexuality.Cohen quotes the ACP sheet that I just critiqued...It must have been a very slow news day for this story to make CNN. The law involved has apparently not been used and is an anachronism. Even if it stays on the books, I suspect the CA legislature would grant about $1 to fulfill it. Pointless.UPDATE:CNN follows up with Clinton Anderson. Kyra … [Read more...]

NARTH reviews Finnish study on parenting and sexual orientation

Dr. Joseph Nicolosi often tells his audiences that, in essence, homosexuality in males derives from lack of bonding with the father. In this YouTube video, he describes several factors which he believes could be important in the development of male homosexuality, including a masculine, sports-minded older brother, peer rejection and sexual abuse. However, referring to these hypothetical factors, Nicolosi says...but none of these are as important as the early relationship with the father, b … [Read more...]

Article on sexuality in Uganda’s Independent

This morning, The Independent, a Ugandan daily, published an article from me on sexual orientation and the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Titled, "What makes someone gay and can people change orientation?" I wanted to provide an honest summary of the issues surrounding causation and change.The article begins:Defending the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Hon. David Bahati told the BBC, "It's [homosexuality] not an inborn orientation, it's a behaviour learnt - and it can be unlearnt." Is this … [Read more...]

Harry Hay, NAMBLA and associations

For the last couple of weeks, Kevin Jennings has been at the center of controversy over his handling of a high school boy who came to him for advice about involvement with an older man. More recently, conservative bloggers have been attempting to make connections between Kevin Jennings and Harry Hay. Harry Hay was the founder of the Mattachine Society, the first gay rights organization in the country.The reason Jennings' critics want to make this connection is because Harry Hay was a … [Read more...]

Reflections on what we share in common

(This post from occasional contributor, clinical psychologist David Blakeslee, covers some similar territory as conservative gay blogger, GayPatriot on the Kevin Jennings controversy.) I have been a bit agitated lately, it is probably my own problem, but instead of being internally ruminative about such sensations I decided to find some object to focus these feelings on.  It didn’t take long, all I had to do was visit Warren’s blog .  There I could find a few outlandish assumptions, hypocri … [Read more...]


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