Sunday, September 03, 2006

GLBT DIGEST - September 3, 2006


Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006

by Wayne Besen

APA Should Censure NARTH's Joseph Berger M.D., For Encouraging Students To
'Ridicule' Peers, Says TWO

Also, NARTH Caught 'Padding Its Petition' to the APA, TWO Reveals

MIAMI BEACH - Truth Wins Out today condemned Toronto psychiatrist Joesph Berger, M.D., for encouraging students to "ridicule" gender variant children. Berger, who serves on the "Scientific Advisory Committee" for the "ex-gay" group the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), made his remarks in response to a San Francisco Chronicle article that explored gender issues in schools.

"I suggest, indeed, letting children who wish go to school in clothes of the opposite sex -- but not counseling other children to not tease them or hurt their feelings," Dr. Berger wrote on NARTH's website. "On the contrary, don't interfere, and let the other children ridicule the child who has lost
that clear boundary between play-acting at home and the reality needs of the outside world. Maybe, in this way, the child will re-establish that necessary boundary."

Palm Springs Mayor to Attend Love Won Out
September 1, 2006 FOF - CitizenLink

Gay Mayor to Attend Love Won Out Ron Oden, the openly gay mayor of Palm Springs, Calif., said Thursday he plans to attend Focus on the Family's Love Won Out conference later this month.

Oden's office had sent a letter to Focus on the Family welcoming the event, but in public comments he has expressed his clear opposition to the message of the conference. Oden said showing courtesy and
kindness allows dialogue.

"I definitely want to attend and have the opportunity to share my perspective," he said. "If love has won out anywhere, it's in the city of Palm Springs."

Mike Haley, host of the conference, said he invited the mayor as a special guest.

"I hope to meet with him privately and share my personal story of breaking free from homosexuality," Haley said. "I'm confident the mayor will see firsthand that our conference shares a message of love and hope for those who are unhappy with their homosexuality and who are seeking help."

Tahk'sin - A bell rung to give an alarm; the sound made by it; any alarm signal

Literalism blocks Bible's big picture


First Baptist Church of Watertown, N.Y., fired Mary Lambert for being a woman. They say the Bible told them to do it.

Nothing against women, says the Rev. Timothy LaBouf. The church is justtrying to obey 1 Timothy 2:11-14, which says, in part, ``A woman shouldlearn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach orto have authority over a man; she must be silent.''

So, after 54 years as a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist, Lambert wasgiven the heave-ho a couple weeks ago. She and others have said the firingprobably had as much to do with church politics as with scripturalinjunctions, but let's stick with the stated reason as given in her letter
of dismissal: The Bible forbids women taking positions of authority. Thereis, for the record, a similar injunction in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, whichwarns that it is ''disgraceful'' for a woman to speak in the church.

So the church is scripturally right. It's just not right right.


Support vital for gay peers
Parents, friends need to recognize their own biases.

September 3, 2006

In last Sunday's installment of A Boy's Life: Making Choices, columnistRalph De La Cruz wrote about two gay teens and their journey ofself-discovery as they came out to family and friends. We posed thefollowing question to our panel of experts, which includes youth advocates, counselors, parents and a teenage boy. Here's how they responded.

How do parents talk to teens about under-standing their gay peers?

Joseph Arduini, 14-year-old Pinecrest student, Coral Springs: If I hadfriends who were gay and told my parents, they would tell me to be the typeof friend that I would be to anyone different from myself or not -- whetherit be a different race, a different religion, a different culture or a
different choice of sexuality. It is about being a friend. That's really the
important part.