Since Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) broke the undercover LGBTQ resource center story on September 25, many media outlets have reported on the discrimination and marginalization of individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA) in state-funded Universities in Virginia. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, there has been a stark contrast in the content that has been narrated. Quite simply: conservative news outlets have actually reported the story, while liberal media has focused more on defamation, and in some cases, resorted to childish and unprofessional name-calling.
That’s right, name-calling. The Washington Post finally got around to covering the story on October 14, when Tom Jackman reported:
There continue to be people in this world who think that homosexuality is a disease or condition and that a gay person can be ‘cured.’ One such group is called Voice of the Voiceless, and in celebration of ‘Ex-Gay Awareness Month,’ Voiceless president Christopher Doyle conducted an undercover investigation in September to see if Virginia’s public universities were providing information on ways to become un-gay.
Jackman goes onto to discuss the undercover counseling session at George Mason University rather objectively, but then takes a sharp turn onto biased avenue, and actually resorts to name-calling (note the bold portion below):
The Voiceless website says the group’s mission is ‘to defend the rights of former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted SSA, and their families.’ I think we would all agree that everyone deserves equal rights. And what is SSA? you ask. Same-sex attraction. Nothing to do with that abbreviation backwards.”
Yes, you read it correctly. This “news report” actually implies that I, or the abbreviation that we use to describe an individual who experiences homosexual feelings, but does not identify as gay (unwanted SSA, or SSA) as a backside. A news report…in THE Washington Post! This is not an opinion piece or some tabloid-style trash posted on Wayne “It’s ok to have sex with AIDS-infected partners” Besen’s hate blog. The amount of audacity and disrespect it takes for a reporter to use such language in this type of forum is indicative of how seriously threatened the liberal media is and how marginalized former homosexuals and individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions are in our culture. Jackman concludes his biased diatribe by saying:
So the question becomes, When is it appropriate for a public university to offer information about a thoroughly discredited belief? California and New Jersey have both banned ‘reparative therapy’ to undo homosexuality, calling it dangerous. In June, the largest group devoted to changing sexual orientation, Exodus International, shut down and its leader apologized for its misdirected work. Must the idea that homosexuality can be ‘repaired’ or ‘converted’ still be offered to students?
Again, the reporter’s lack of accuracy and objectivity bleeds through with this report. First, the notion that homosexuality is in-born, and therefore subject to change has not been discredited by objective scientists. The American Psychological Association (APA) said in 2008 that people are not born homosexual, and a biased, gay-affirming APA Task Force said in 2009 that while efforts to change sexual orientation via therapy has the “potential” to be harmful (whatever that means, since ‘potential’ is not a scientific description) there is insufficient evidence to suggest that such efforts are effective or ineffective. Second, California and New Jersey now have laws prohibiting change therapy for minors (not adults) that is currently being challenged in federal court (conveniently not mentioned). Finally, Exodus International was never a therapeutic organization that offered this therapy, but rather, a large network with ministries providing support to individuals leaving homosexuality.
To his credit, Jackman fell short of quoting Wayne “It’s ok to have sex with AIDS-infected partners” Besen, which is exactly where GayRVA went for their story. One of the lines in the original version of the story by Amber Galaviz was scratched after I challenged their editor for publishing libelous, unsubstantiated hearsay.
Below is the editor’s note they posted after the second version of the article was published:
“Editor’s Note: This story originally ran miss-labeling Doyle as having an ‘admitted past of child abuse.’ This was an inaccurate statement and a misjudgment on the editor’s part. GayRVA acknowledges the mistake was made and the line in question was removed less than two hours after the story was published.”
Unfortunately, the story quotes generously from Wayne “It’s ok to have sex with AIDS-infected partners” Besen’s hate blog, who has twisted a testimony I wrote (about overcoming childhood sex abuse) for the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) website to label me as some kind of pedophile/child sex abuser. Much like Besen, GayRVA is unable to defend the conduct of these Virginia LGBTQ Resource Centers, so instead, they must go after my credibility. In other words, if you can’t kill the message, kill the messenger. So much for objective news reporting from the left.
If readers prefer to view a more accurate account of the discrimination and marginalization occurring at Virginia state-funded LGBTQ Resource Centers, World Magazine, WorldNetDaily.com, and LifeSiteNews.com all ran stories that actually reported the facts. George Mason University’s student newspaper, Fourth Estate, also reported a fairly objective account of what occurred at the Fairfax, VA-based University.
Christopher Doyle is the President and Co-Founder of Voice of the Voiceless, the only anti-defamation league for former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families. For more information, visit: www.VoiceoftheVoiceless.info