So. Ca. Dr. Considers Homosexuality a Disease

Gay Patient Offended At Outdated Diagnosis

A Southern California doctor in Torrance, California last week diagnosed an openly gay new patient after she did routine tests on  Matthew Moore, 46.  The tests revealed nothing out of the ordinary for Moore – high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a deficiency of B-12.

Surprising Diagnosis

Moore was not surprised at these findings – “normal for me.” It was what he saw on his report that flabbergasted him upon returning to the office of the doctor, who goes unnamed, in Manhattan Beach.  The doctor listed “Homosexual Behavior” as a chronic condition on Moore’s patient plan.

Offensive to Moore

According to the medical records obtained by KNBC4 the television station at which Moore was interviewed, the doctor had affixed code 302.0 to his “chronic” condition.  This code refers to homosexuality as a medical condition or illness, a chronic condition that was removed for the Diagnostic Manual for Psychiatrists in 1973.

Said Moore, “Here’s another way that gay people are lessened and made to feel less-than, and then as I thought about it and as I dealt with it, it angered me.”

Repeat Visit

Moore states that he does not plan on filing a lawsuit against the doctor, but decided to speak up for himself and other gay persons.  The doctor defended her position and said that homosexuality should be treated as a chronic illness and “it’s still up for debate on how to treat homosexuality “which she thought of as a disease.

Moore, disagreeing with the doctor, filed a complaint with the doctor’s office.  He demanded a return of his $30 co-pay, and received a letter apologizing: “ We would like to unequivocally state that the Torrance Memorial Physician Network (which runs the doctor’s office) does not view homosexuality as a disease or a chronic condition and we do not endorse or approve of the use of Code 302.0 as a diagnosis for homosexuality.”

“You Have to Speak Up”

Moore shared his story so others will learn from his experience. “Government tells us, often times, that we’re not equal. Many churches tell us that we are sinners. Doctors tell us we are sick.  And it’s gotta’ stop. If I was a fourteen year-old in a small town in Indiana, where I’m from, and I had a doctor tell me or my parents that I was sick because they thought I was gay, it would’ve been very damaging.”

Baton Rouge Sheriff Arrests Gay Men in Sting

Claims Innocent on Invalid Anti-Sodomy Laws

City Councilmember John Delgado of Baton Rouge was infuriated when he read on July 28th in a Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper that the local sheriff, Sid Gautreaux had arrested twelve gay men in the last two years on charges that they had violated the state’s law prohibiting homosexual sex. Truth is that with the Lawrence v. Texas Supreme Court Case in 2003, those anti-sodomy laws were rendered invalid.and unconstitutional yet still remain on the books in Louisiana as well as other states.

Hello, Sid?

The Sheriff says he never got a memo saying that anti-sodomy laws weren’t valid anymore. Duh. Delgado said “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” It seems that Sid ‘s modus operandi of his sting was having his deputy ask men in the park if they wanted to go back to his place for sex.  When the men agree and go to the home, then they are arrested.

Private Consensual Sex: No Criminal Violation

There is no money involved so they are not being arrested for prostitution. The men are being arrested on false grounds as the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the anti-sodomy laws they are using to target the gay population and incarcerate them. Local District Attorney Hillar Moore stated that all the men were released from jail after being booked on the felony charge of attempted charge against nature and that the district attorney’s office did not pursue the charges in any of the cases as there is nothing illegal about what happened.

Delgado, a lawyer, is adamant that” those officers had to have known the law is unconstitutional. I think it’s a policy of harassment that targets a specific segment of the population. ”He is filing public records to determine when the District Attorney’s Office informed the Sheriff’s office that the men had not committed crimes.

Gautreaux’s Defense

On July 28, 2013, the Sheriff’s office issued a statement saying it “has not, nor will it ever, set out with the intent to target or embarrass any part of our law-abiding community.”  It said that the arrests were an attempt to deter or stop lewd activity in a park where children are playing. “Children were not present when the gay men were arrested. On July 29th, the Sheriff nor his office were not available for comment. Hmmm.

However, D.A. Moore told the newspaper that in all twelve cases, the men agreed to have sex away from the park at a private residence.

Appeasing the Wounded

On July 29th, Gautreaux said that he had informed all employees of the Sheriff’s Office that they are not to use these constitutional (outdated) laws. The Sheriff also stated that he would begin discussion on striking the unconstitutional sections of Louisiana’s “Crimes Against Nature” law from the books.

Gautreaux told the Capital City Alliance, a local LGBT advocacy group, that deputies “will no longer be enforcing this law until the courts or the legislature removes it.”  In hindsight, Gautreaux admits that he should have taken a different approach. He insists that the arrests were never to target a certain segment of the population.  “When we receive reports of public masturbation, sex and other lewd activity in a park where children are playing, we must take these concerns seriously.  Our intent was honorable, our approach, however, is something we must evaluate and change.”

 

 

 

 

President of Brazil’s Commission for Human Rights and Minorities is Controversial

Marco-Feliciano

Marco Feliciano Accused of Homophobia and Racism

Marco Feliciano, an evangelical pastor from the Christian Social Policy, is accused of homophobia, racism, and excluding outsiders from sessions in Brazil’s lower house of parliament that were previously open to the public. Last April, human rights groups called for Feliciano’s resignation due to his bigotry. He is also under investigation for embezzlement charges.

His Election

On March 7, Feliciano was elected as President of the Brazilian House of Representatives’ Human Rights Committee by a vote of eleven out of the Committee’s eighteen members during a session closed to the public. He was the only candidate for the post, and was appointed as a result of “horse trading” for key positions in Congress among the main parties.

 Widespread Opposition to Feliciano

Protests continue against Feliciano, with protests at home in Copacabana and faraway in Paris at the Brazilian Embassy.  Activists have disrupted the Commission for Human Rights and Minorities’ work which is supposed to draw up legislation and consider cases of human rights violations. “A bigoted congressman should not run a commission aimed at ending prejudice,” said the country’s largest online group Avaaz that called, in a petition, for his resignation. That petition garnered 465,000 signatures.

Anonymous, Internet hackers, have documents incriminating Feliciano’s financial backers. Feliciano retorts that his critics are taking his comments out of context and that he is not “homophobic.” An on-line poll by the newspaper The Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper found that 80.6% of the 100,320 respondents agreed that Feliciano should leave his position. Many of Brazil’s celebrities such as signer Daniela Mercury, have come out against him.

Some Offensive Remarks

On his Twitter page, he has said that Aids was a “gay cancer.” He has also said that Africans are “cursed since the times of Noah.” (He believes that his comments about Noah do not constitute racism).  According to Feliciano, he is not against their promiscuity.  “I don’t want my daughters to go out on the streets and see men with shaved legs kissing each other.  The Brazilian family must be respected.”

Pro-Feliciano

Despite his prejudicial remarks, Feliciano has won support from many in the evangelical christian movement.  His twitter stream includes words of endorsement from numerous pastors, including one, that Feliciano retweeted, who claimed that gay foster parents rape their children.  

 

 

 

 

 

The Gospel According to Matthew, Vines, that Is

Matthew Vines was a 22 year-old Harvard University student from Wichita, Kansas. Raised in the Presbyterian church, Matthew, deeply religious, decided to reconcile his deeply held religious beliefs with his homosexuality. To do this, he immersed himself in a scholarly study of the bible’s teaching on homosexuality.

It All started with a six-page Paper

Matthew’s treatise on religion grew from a six-page research paper to eight pages, then fourteen, ultimately leading him to an hour-long presentation on YouTube called “The Gay Debate: The Bible and Homosexuality”

400,000 Views Later on YouTube…

Matthew has taken his message that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality on the road. He has lectured at the well-known Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan to an audience of  235 Christians, mostly gay or lesbian, as well as other Christian churches in the United States. His activism has caused him to drop out of Harvard.

His Mission

Vines’s mission is to convince people to see that neither the Bible nor Christ as a whole condemn homosexual love in any way. He dissects his argument by examining three passages in the Old Testament: Genesis, Matthew, and the oft-quoted Leviticus. He also delves into the New Testament passages of Paul, Corinthians, and Romans. None of the Biblical accounts explains or details homosexual love between two partners.

Whenever homosexuality is mentioned in the Bible, it’s flanked on accounts of gang rape and lustful acts, according to Vines. Leviticus is the only passage, he argues, where it calls homosexuality an “abomination.”

Misunderstanding Started in the 13th Century

Although Vines admits that gay Christians are getting more voice in different churches, he believes that the Scriptures have been misunderstood by many mainstream churches. This misconception, he argues in his 67 minute video, arose in the 13th Century when opposition to same-sex relationships became part of the understanding of Natural Law. People are more likely to read into scriptures a worldly prejudice against a minority group. In effect, they are justifying their prejudice through Biblical passages, he theorizes.

Homosexuals Want The Same Kind of Love as Heterosexuals

Matthew points out that “loving, same-sex relationships have Christian qualities: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” He wants Christians to see how committed homosexual couples are, just as God-blessed as heterosexual ones. “What gay people are pursuing and trying to find for themselves is really the same thing as straight Christians. It just looks different because they are gay.”

“Being Gay is NOT a Sin”

Vines believes that “God didn’t create him to wallow in self-pity and to live his life alone. “Love, he says, “is a fruit of the Spirit of God, and whether it’s heterosexual or homosexual, it’s still a gift and blessing.”

Acceptance

“Once straight Christians put themselves into the shoes of gay Christians and walk a mile or two in their shoes,” he states, “they can learn how to apply the ‘Golden Rule,’ and attitudes can really begin to change.”

“Miles to Go Before He Sleeps…”

The road is long before Matthew Vines. But he has made a huge impact already.While his critics accuse him of “cherry picking” Bible verses to prove his point, there are others such as syndicated columnist Dan Savage who hold Matthew’s theories dear. Says Savage: “ Vines’s argument and his insights are highly relevant to gay Christians, to their families, to Christians who point to The Bible to justify their bigotry and the pain they inflict on LGBT people (including their own LGBT children ), and to anyone who happens to live in a country that is majority Christian. Watch this video: Vines is brilliant.”

 

 

Conditional Love (?)

James:

This is a difficult but necessary letter to write.
I hope your telephone call was not to receive my blessing for the degrading of your lifestyle. I have fond memories of our times together, but that is all in the past.
Don’t expect any further conversations with me. No communications at all. I will not come to visit, nor do I want you in my house.
You’ve made your choice though wrong it may be. God didn’t intend for this unnatural lifestyle.
If you choose not to attend my funeral, my friends, and family will understand.
Have a good birthday and good life.
No present exchanges will be accepted.
Goodbye,
Dad

This letter, only too common, was written by a prejudicial father to a recently out son, over five years ago. It just now has gone viral. (see http://”Shocking Letter From Father Disowning Gay Son Goes Viral,” Advocate.com., 8-8-12).

Beginning with LGBT ally Columbia University wrestler Hudson Taylor, it has spread, like a virus, to Huffpo’s Gay Voices, Towleroad, Pink News, The New Civil Rights Movement, and Truth Wins Out.

Rejection Hurts

For speaking the truth and sharing an important facet of his being with his father, James was rejected. He claims he never did drugs, was an excellent student, an obedient child…didn’t drink until he was 22 because it terrified him, and had just one speeding ticket in his life. “Yet, I am still seemingly deserving of this terrible act of hate and cowardice that one person can place on another.”

Why did James publish the letter?  He wanted to expose “persecution” from a homophobic parent.

Words Still Sting

Even though James says he is fine, he admits that the letter still bothers him.

Published online yesterday, with the title “This is how hate sounds,” the letter has been read by over 800,000 people. Using the name RegBarc, James told readers “to please pass your acceptance and love to the people you personally know who are going through this type of persecution and harm from their blindly religious parents/guardians.“

Find Your Family Elsewhere And They Will Come

Over 4,500 people have left messages of support that urge James to ‘stay strong.” Despite the sympathy, obviously James is still hurting. It has been five years since the letter was written, but as the studies from Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State bear out, the effect of  parental rejection carries on into adulthood.