Don’t Say Gay legislator: being gay is like shooting heroin.

A Tennessee lawmaker, Stacey Campfield, the man who re-introduced the Don’t Say Gay bill (now called, no shit, the Classroom Protection Act) is onto those sneaky gays.  They don’t just want to love who they please, they also want to keep people from getting sick.

Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield told TMZ that teaching people how to protect themselves from HIV was an attempt to push the gay agenda “down everybody’s throats.”

Yeah, those assholes, trying to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases that also affect straight people.  Not in Stacey Campfeld’s state!  If those gays are running around doing the same things that feel good and create happiness as straight people, they’re damn well going to get HIV if Stacey Campfield has anything to say about it.  Down with the gay agenda!

I don’t get it.  Why is teaching people how to not get sick not the straight agenda?  Why is it not the compassionate agenda?  I use condoms, does that make me gay or just part of their agenda?

It’s kind of interesting; unless you live in Tennessee you likely have no idea who Stacey Campfield is.  You don’t know how he was raised, what his family life is like, or how well he was educated.  But from that one heartless, thoroughly idiotic sentence, I’d be willing to bet literally everything I own that I can name his political party and his religion.  This should tell you something about the relationship between Christianity and idiotic ideas.

Said Campfield: “You know, you could say the same thing about kids who are shooting heroin. We need to show them the best ways to shoot up. No, we don’t. Why do we have to hypersexualize little children? Why can’t we just let little kids be little kids for a while? Why do we have to have little kids be…?”

Except people who shoot up heroin are damaging their health and end up in rehab or jail.  Gay couples are pursuing the same happiness as straight people and wind up, like straight people, holding hands over dinner or with a white picket fence.

Oh wait!  He’s saying that being gay actually harms people.  Well, on one side we have Stacey Campfield, and on the other we have the battery of the most elite psychological minds the world over and the consensus of modern psychology, who say

Research has found no inherent association between any of these sexual orientations and psychopathology. Both heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Both have been documented in many different cultures and historical eras. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in this country to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual relationships are normal forms of human bonding.

And we also have the American Medical Association, which supports “encouraging the development of educational programs for homosexuals to acquaint them with the diseases for which they are at risk; encouraging physicians to seek out local or national experts in the health care needs of gay men and lesbians so that all physicians will achieve a better understanding of the medical needs of this population; and working with the gay and lesbian community to offer physicians the opportunity to better understand the medical needs of homosexual and bisexual patients.”

So it turns out that the psychologists think homosexuality is a normal, happiness-creating aspect to humanity (like straight people who date and get handsy with each other) not to be discouraged, and the doctors, shock and surprise, want to stop the spread of any diseases.  So when Stacey Campfield says this is the “gay agenda”, we can just replace it with “doctor’s agenda”.

But Campfield thinks he knows better than the experts.  On what grounds, you may ask?  Well, here you go.

“My understanding is that it is virtually—not completely, but virtually—impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex,” he said during a radio interview last year. “Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community—it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, I believe.”

The man is piss ignorant about the opinions of the experts, piss ignorant about homosexuality/medicine, and hasn’t bothered to acquaint himself with the consensus of the experts.  Yet he considers his opinion golden enough to pass legislation based upon it.  Now I’ll really bet I can guess his religion.  It’s a nifty trick Christianity has going on.  It combines a startling ability to keep people ignorant with convincing them that god endorses their opinions.

But it makes Christians happy, so who would have a gripe with that?  Beliefs are a personal matter that don’t affect other people…like gays.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Glodson

    I’ve run into this moron a few times in the news.

    I like the idea that it is almost virtually impossible to catch an STD with heterosexual sex. As far I as I know, the lowest rates of STD transmissions are found in lesbian women. Of course, this all has to do with the nature of how the sex takes place and the transfer of bodily fluids. A major reason we have a higher rate of STD transfer in gay men is that the walls of our anuses are thinner, and it allows for transmission more easily than the vaginal penetration by a penis. A straight couple that has anal sex will have a similar chance for transmission as that of a gay men having anal sex. This is related to anatomy rather than the sexuality of the partners. I’m sure most here actually know that.

    “Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community—it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, I believe.”

    Oh, those wacky airline pilots, always making that sweet monkey love. It makes total sense. I mean it is an STA, so the only way we can transfer it is by fucking. Of course, any transfer of bodily fluids could do it… It isn’t like the most likely way we see this zoonotic transmission of the HIV virus was in bushmeat hunters in Africa which spread the disease to the human population. And we do see higher rates in the gay male population, again, this is more do to the anatomical realities of anal sex rather than their life styles.

    But in a side note, acknowledging that gay people exist, addressing the issues they face as they grow into maturity, and informing the straight teens about them is not an attempt to”hypersexualize little children” Stacey Campfield, you lying and fearmongering fuck.

    • Glodson

      Crap. Also letting teachers talk about the fact that gay sex is a natural part of our sexual spectrum will allow gay teens to feel more comfortable with their own sexuality, which is important as the teens grow into adulthood.

      I really hate this stupid bastard. People like him do so much fucking harm, it really cannot be understated.

      • Glodson

        You forgot to mention blood transfusions, which was a huge problem before they realized it can’t JUST be transferred through sex. ;)

        • Glodson

          Well, yea, I did leave that off. I was just thinking of the ways we transmit it sexually, not really thinking of all the ways we can transmit the disease.

          But this is odd, talking to someone using the nym I’ve adopted. Not like I have a right to it really, I as I did steal it from a character in Soul Music.

          • Andrew Kohler

            Can you perhaps be Glodson 1 and Glodson 2? This is freaking me out.

          • Glodson

            I’m not even sure who I am anymore.

            Goddamnit, it is like Arizona all over again!

    • Steve

      He is vaguely referring to this:

      A flight attendant who was mistakenly thought to have been patient zero. Later, people found cases that date back to the 70s and late 60s.

      • Glodson

        Maybe tangentially.

        “Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community—it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, I believe.”

        I read that as referring to that homophobic urban legend in which some depraved homosexual contracted the disease with bestiality. It is that idea that people who are gay are so depraved that they willingly have sex in the most depraved manners.

        I would say that his quote, his own mental characterization of gay people, shows the need to educate people about healthy sexual human activities, including gay sex. This is a man blindly repeating crap that has no bearing on reality, and tries to pass that off as a reason for his bigotry. He is massively ignorant, so ignorant that I wouldn’t even pay him the respect of believe he was trying to refer to the man wrongly thought of as “patient zero.” He was just repeating the old lie that I heard as a kid, with no thought of any further reference. Not only is it wrong, it is also keeping with the hurtful stereotype of homosexual men.

        • Steve

          I meant the airline pilot part only

          The monkey part comes from the fact that HIV was indeed transmitted from simian viruses to humans. But it was from hunters who ate monkeys. But being the sex-obsessed freak that he is, Campfield can only think about sex.

  • John Eberhard

    Way to go, Son. Keep pointing out the ignorance and the stupid.

  • baal

    It’s not like we’re in the early1980′s and don’t have data on transmission and prevalence. This link is on 2006/7 data but the overall patterns are not much changed since then:
    The primary route of infection varies with which group you’re talking about. Most women with AIDS get it from hetrosexual sex with men. Also, there are a lot of other STIs you can acquire from hetero (I assume he’s euphemizing PIV) sex.

    It’d be nice if the anti-gay conservatives bothered with literally 2 minutes on google to run just 1 search and see that we have good data on which to form policy. In the alternative, there are activists who know what steps are needed to reduce AIDS transmission. If you don’t like activists (I’m leery generally), I suspect there are entire hospitals full of doctors (and university and govt. epidemiologists who will tell you more or less the same.

  • David Hart

    people who shoot up heroin … end up in … jail.

    Not to be all deraily, but that’s also bad, and is true only because the government insists on criminalizing them; a policy choice which cannot rationally be defended on any criminal justice or public health grounds … the persecution of pharmacological minorities is just as much a monolith of bigotry as the persecution of sexual minorities, and is, I think, already becoming the next major wave of social justice reform.

    • peicurmudgeon

      As with most illegal drugs, much of the harm comes from the fact that tehy are illegal. There really is no doubt that legalizing and controling the production and quality of a drug is the best harm reduction there can be. So in that way it is similar to homosexuallity in that the harm comes, not from teh act, but from the negative attitudes of society.

  • Steve

    There is absolutely no way he is straight. No way

  • M

    Actually, we’ve found that teaching heroin addicts (and other IV drug abusers) how to do it safely IS a public health benefit. Needle exchange programs (NEPs) are awesome- addicts come in with a dirty needle, exchange it for a clean needle from a nurse/social worker, and go shoot up elsewhere. It drops the rates of HIV and other disease transmission a huge amount.

    It also gets people in contact with government employees. A lot of NEPs are located in or near treatment centers, and the person handing out needles is also there as an information source for help quitting if the person so desires. It’s a judgment free place, which makes a huge difference.

    An even MORE effective thing is what Vancouver is doing. They have a clinic set aside for addicts as a safe place for them to shoot up/smoke/take whatever. It’s full of nurses who check on people to prevent OD deaths, make sure people are using clean needles, and protect them from rape and robbery. The nurses provide treatment information and can put people in contact with government programs designed to help people get clean and other social services. HIV and hepatitis rates have dropped significantly, as have OD deaths, while addiction rate has not risen.

    So uh, yeah, we could “say the same thing about kids who are shooting heroin. We need to show them the best ways to shoot up.” In a sort of twisty way, that’s entirely true. More information about protecting oneself is always better.*

    *I in no way endorse Campfield’s bigotry against gay people. I’m just saying even if he was correct that being gay was harmful, it’d STILL be better to have information about HIV prevention than not.

  • Brad1990

    ““My understanding is that it is virtually—not completely, but virtually—impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex,” he said during a radio interview last year. “Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community—it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, I believe.””

    “It is virtually impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex”? Seriously? Ever heard of Africa? It’s the fuck-off massive AIDS-ridden continent between South America and Asia. And “it was one guy screwing a monkey”? This piss-ignorant wanker genuinely thinks a fucking school-yard rumour is a sensible foundation to base his beliefs upon? This guy’s an elected official? Fuck!