Monday, January 23, 2006

BushCo, gay-friendly? Not a chance.

12 days ago, Pam found a pro-gay (gasp!) government website, maintained by the Health and Human Services Department, specifically SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).

The site, which used to be here, boasted a section title of "Celebrating the Pride and Diversity Among and Within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations."

Pam braved the Family Research Council website to find the Other Side's reaction to this, as well as the ever frightening Free Republic site, which houses the craziest crazies out there, and found the following:

From FRC:
blah blah blah pro-homosexual activist movement blah blah blah
The website, dedicated to preventing alcohol and drug abuse, includes the admission that “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are more likely to smoke, drink, and use other drugs than…non-lgbt peers.” Rather than warning that homosexual conduct is itself a significant health risk, the website blames society for the “high-risk choices” that homosexuals make, citing “homophobia,” “heterosexism,” and “stigma, alienation, and discrimination.”

Because, obviously, there's something inherently wrong with your brain if you're a big ol' dyke or fag or he-she, and that something wrong with your brain would naturally drive you to drink and do drugs. The causal correlation is just so obvious. Or something like that.

The freepers are, as usual, hilarious:
"How do they feel about an in depth report on GAY BOWL SYNDROME, or rampant CLYMIDIA and VAGINITIS in the lesbian community? Oh wait.. we’re talking the Gooberment here eh?"

“Homosexuals should all be in rehab. I’m not usually that blunt, but I’ve had it. Homosexuality is nothing but finding comfort with the same sex and becoming addicted to it - just like a drug addict becomes addicted to what allows him/her to not face reality and fear.”

“Oh, I suppose they have labeled me as a homophobe, which by definition, I’m not. Fear? Nope. Irrational dislike? Oh, it’s pretty rational. They might not like the rationale, but that’s just tough.”

“Yes, isn’t ironic that the HEALTH and human services dept. is promoting this lifestyle that causes low, life-expectance rates in males, disease, suicide, homicide, STD’s, AIDS, etc.”

Anyway, Pam asked the question, "How long before a Bush drone puts a stop to this?"

And she got her answer today. 12 days.

The URL, which used to be , will now redirect you to an Error message that states the following:
We are currently updating our Web site to better server[sic] our customers. The page you are trying to access is no longer available. We apologize for the inconvenience.

However, thanks to the wonders of Google, the Google cache is still available.

Pam worries about Dr. Nancy Kennedy, though, who "has 30 years of professional and personal experience in mental health, substance abuse and sexual orientation, and (up until now) has been able to offer open, clear, honest and inclusive information to the LGBT community at this taxpayer-funded site."
As do I.
I hope she didn't get screwed over in the fundie process...

(Hat tip, Pam at Pandagon.)

1 comment:

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