Saturday, March 11, 2017

There is a certain amusement value: LaBarbera quoting Quinlan at LifeSite

LifeSiteNews, home to out-there conspiracy theorists and ultra-orthodox Catholic crackpots, is also the host for hate group leader Peter LaBarbera on a regular basis. LaBarbera's diatribe published Friday is titled: “DeVos meets with gay and transgender activists. Now pro-family groups want equal time.” I am just certain that Sec. DeVos wants to meet with Porno Pete and other anti-LGBT religious nuts. LaBarbera should devote his energies to having the tax-exempt status of his Americans for Truth About Homosexuality restored. It was revoked as of May 15, 2015.

Enter Greg Quinlan

Ex-“gay” activist: What about us?

Former homosexual and pro-family lobbyist Greg Quinlan was surprised to learn of DeVos’ meetings with homosexual and transgender activists.
What about you? “Former” means re-closeted. Quinlan is not much of a player, let alone a “lobbyist.” Last time I checked he was with New Jersey Family Policy Council. If I recall correctly, prior to that he was with PFOX. Quinlan seems to have started his own little hate group in September, 2015. It is not a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
“She’s had two meetings with gay and trans activists. Can we have at least have one?” said Quinlan, who was once a “gay” activist … In an interview with LifeSiteNews, he demanded “equal time” with the new Secretary of Education.
I am not sure who “we” is but I can imagine. Quinlan is trying to advance the intellectually dishonest proposition that there are two legitimate sides to treating LGBT people properly and that there is a reasonable controversy. Science denying religious extremists are not legitimate proponents of anything other than religious dogma. Quinlan makes the claim that he was a gay activist in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, no one who really was a proponents of gay rights back then seems to know who the hell Quinlan is.
Quinlan called on DeVos to “do her research” to become educated fully about the subject of gender identification and homosexuality, and not just hear from one special interest lobby.

“This is too critical a subject for kids just to hear only from the gay and trans lobbies,” he said. “Betsy DeVos must not allow herself and her office to be used to perpetuate the notion that homosexuality is innate, and that boys can become ‘girls,’ and vice versa. They can’t.”
Quinlan is correct and he should heed his own advice. Those who do research seek guidance from experts. The experts when it comes to transgender children are the folks at the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In 2012, when being transgender was still considered a disorder (it is now classified as a dysphoria or discomfort), the APA stated its position:
Therefore, the American Psychiatric Association:
  1. Supports laws that protect the civil rights of transgender and gender variant individuals.
  2. Urges the repeal of laws and policies that discriminate against transgender and gender variant individuals.
  3. Opposes all public and private discrimination against transgender and gender variant individuals in such areas as health care, employment, housing, public accommodation, education, and licensing.
  4. Declares that no burden of proof of such judgment, capacity, or reliability shall be placed upon these individuals greater than that imposed on any other persons.
Presumably LaBarbera and Quinlan would find some excuse for why the experts are wrong. As for the AAP, they released a statement on February 23, 2017 that reads, in part:
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) opposes guidance issued last night by the Departments of Justice and Education that eliminates protections for transgender youth in public schools, no longer allowing them to use restrooms corresponding with their gender identity.
I am sure that the boys can come up with some reason why the AAP is wrong too.  Continuing with material attributed to Quinlan, LaBarbera writes:
“For goodness’ sake, these impressionable kids are destroying their bodies through hormones and surgeries in pursuit of radical transgender ‘identities,’” he said. “The last thing they need is one-sided misinformation regarding sexual development and gender.”
Right because Quinlan is an expert in human sexuality. Sure. And there's that two-sides thing again. If there is a legitimate point of view that differs from gender affirmation it will be written by someone with the appropriate academic credentials and experience. It will also be published to a respected peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Neither LaBarbera nor Quinlan seem capable of finding those cites.

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