The ‘ex-gay’ movement reaches new lows
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 22:10
One of the biggest political displays of self-loathing is the American fundamentalist “ex-gay” movement.
Many would argue that this movement is part of a grander scheme of anti-intellectualism, which has always been present in our political landscape.
The absurd notion that one can be changed from gay to straight is not only something that most medical and mental health experts disagree with, but also something that most of the public believes to be a desperate attempt to find a new tactic in the militant anti-gay movement.
The ex-gay activist group, Voice of the Voiceless, demonstrated the irony and absurdity of this movement recently in Washington, D.C.
The group hosted the “First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Dinner.”
Ironically, many of the activists yelled for “equality” while attending an anti-gay rally.
This anti-gay rally not only preaches a refusal to socially accept homosexuals, but to make sure homosexuals loathe themselves.
Another thing that strikes many as odd is the fact that this “awareness” event was not very welcoming to media coverage. It was actually a closed-door event.
It seemed that instead of wanting to raise awareness, the group would rather not have to deal with any media which would be critical of their event or the movement in general.
That’s because the ex-gay movement is absurd as a whole, and the leaders of this movement probably know this deep down.
There was even a proposal to have an “ex-gay pride month.”
Yeah, let that sink in.
The ex-gay movement should be seen as nothing more than a far-right, fundamentalist movement of little significance.
It’s nothing more than a new and creative way to be a bigot.
It’s the same hateful anti-gay messages we hear from religious fundamentalists, but it’s done in a different way.
It’s like the leaders of “Voice of the Voiceless” think they’ve found this bigoted worldview and put it in a new tune they hope the kids can dance to.
Despite their best efforts, it becomes more and more apparent that the youth of America are becoming progressively more tolerant and resistant to dogmatic beliefs that they see as arbitrary.
In the face of this new evolution of popular public consensus regarding LGBT rights, the anti-gay movement wishes to use any tools possible to change people’s minds and to make them accept the traditional notion that homosexuality is a sin punishable by damnation.
All that many of us in America ask for is the same standards for everybody, for nobody should be a second-class citizen in a free and open society founded on democratic principles.
But ex-gay activists believe that they are the ones truly being persecuted, or at least that’s what they are trying to sell to the people.
Even though LGBT citizens face constant intolerance and discrimination in various aspects of our society, the “ex-gay” crowd does not seem to see the fact that being straight is another one of those things we like to call “privilege points.”
These things should not exist in a free society that rids itself of oppression.
As for the self-proclaimed ex-gay people, they should not loathe themselves or see their sexuality as a defect.
They should embrace who they are and make no apologies instead of being part of a movement oozing with bigotry.