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16 April 2012

Praise: The Young Turks on Sexuality

The Young Turks is a cable show on Current TV that ranges from moderately interesting to extremely insightful. I am really impressed with their take on bigotry over the last several days.

For those interested, here are links to the studies that they referred to (or, in the first and last cases, articles about the studies, the link for 6 April 2012 is the University of Essex study but does not mention that school).

October 2003, Can Some Gay Men and Lesbians Change Their Sexual Orientation?

2 February 2011, Physiological Impacts of Homophobia.

6 April 2012, Is Homophobia Self-Phobia?

11 April 2012, My So-Called Ex-Gay Life.

My quick take on the "ex-gay" complaints about discrimination:  Nonsense.  If one isn't gay or bi, one is probably straight.  There is zero discrimination against straights in our society.  The discrimination is against those who are trying to "convert" people in terms of sexuality (which is immutable) and religion (which is inappropriate in our schools and workplaces).  Those who make such charges are objecting to the real solution to these issues, full equality for all American citizens no matter their sexuality.

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