Monday, April 24, 2017

Now in the Echo Chamber: Christian Site Discovers Harvard Gender Diversity Flier

This story is more about the disingenuous Christian echo chamber than gender diversity. It represents a coordinated effort to disparage LGBT people, particularly young LGBT people.

Peter Van Voorhis
Peter Van Voorhis
According to Peter Van Voorhis at the site Campus ReformHarvard tells students gender can 'change from day to day'.” Van Voorhis has discovered, and mischaracterized, a flier on gender diversity that was produced by Harvard's BGLTQ office. Yes, Peter, Gender is fluid and can change. Van Voorhis seems astonished to read:
Sex assigned at birth and gender identity are not necessarily the same,” the flyer begins, elaborating that anatomical characteristics may not always align with “gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, hormonal makeup, physical anatomy, and/or how one is perceived in daily life.
That is absolutely correct. It is a fact of life as old as recorded history. I do not know why this is so seemingly threatening to him. As I mentioned yesterday, gender diversity, scares the living crap out of straight cisgender men. He also seems disturbed by this portion:
“Transphobic misinformation is a form of systemic violence,” the document goes on to state. “Fixed binaries and biological essentialism, manifest in gendered language, misgendering someone, and the policing of trans bodies, threaten the lives of trans people.”
Is he a repeater of misinformation, usually in support of religious doctrine? Looking at his photo he is just a kid. It is a shame that he is devoid of intellectual curiosity. He never mentions religion. He doesn't have to.

According to Van Voorhis:
Several Harvard students expressed outrage about the use of school funds for this campaign, but all declined comment on the record due to concerns about potential repercussions from the school.
Sure. But let us turn our attention to The Christian Post which cites Van Voorhis. They add this to the story:
Campus Reform's California campus correspondent Peter Van Voorhis, who broke the news of the fact sheet, told TheBlaze that "students across the country are sick of this gender nonsense, and are fighting back to promote truth on their campuses."

"It's a shame that a historic institution like Harvard University has stooped this low," Van Voorhis asserted.
That “truth” comment is right out of the Vatican. Some eunuch with a degree in theology decides that a mountain of peer reviewed literature by scientists is incorrect. The fact that idiots parrot this nonsense is appalling.

And since when is asking for tolerance through correct information stooping to anything? They are not making this stuff up. Harvard is providing the best available information; the overwhelming scientific consensus.

But now let us shift our attention to The Blaze where Sara Gonzales repeats the same idiocy. She adds this tidbit:
The Office of BLGTQ Student Life’s website boasts events like “Drag Night,” “Lesbian Visibility Day,” and a “#QueerHarvard” campaign. A request for comment was not immediately returned.
Ms. Gonzalez disapproves of LGBT people. That is her problem.

Finally let us shift our attention to LifeSiteNews where our insane friend, Father Mark Hodges, writes: “Harvard: Students can change gender daily, saying otherwise is ‘violence’.” Shocking I know.

I wonder how many other conservative Christian sites have picked up this story as a way of denigrating people they disapprove of. Collectively they are asserting more knowledge than the clinicians and researchers who work with gender nonconforming people. I have reached out to Harvard  by email twice without a response. I have also called the BLGTQ office. It rings indefinitely without answer or voice mail. I am trying to get a copy of the flier in question. If I ever do, I will update this post.

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