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1 jaunte  Thu, Aug 25, 2011 7:03:53pm
I grew up as the son of Southern Baptist missionaries and without knowing what the word “gay” was (we just called them abominations) I asked my father why I was feeling attracted to my best friend, Dale. I don’t remember the second punch but I do remember waking up in the emergency room for the third time asking the doctors not to send me back and telling them that I had not fallen down the stairs again.[Link: www.campuspride.org...]

Double abuse, first from parents and again by doctors.

2 HappyWarrior  Thu, Aug 25, 2011 7:32:45pm

This is terrible and yet not surprising at all. Poor guy.

3 Gretchen G.Tiger  Thu, Aug 25, 2011 9:37:52pm

Clockwork Orange is therapy?

4 CuriousLurker  Thu, Aug 25, 2011 9:57:45pm

If someone beat & tortured a dog in the same way as was done to this young man, I'm quite sure his parents & everyone else involved would cluck about how horribly wrong it was and call the authorities, yet when it's a fellow human being—their own flesh & blood even—there's no understanding, no compassion, no mercy.

WTF? How can people be like that?

5 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Thu, Aug 25, 2011 10:09:43pm

re: #1 jaunte

Double abuse, first from parents and again by doctors.

Exactly

I wonder if that's a Florida thing, a corruption/bad hospital thing, a "your family is powerful enough that we'll just let them beat you to death if they wish" thing, who knows

6 OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 12:53:44am
Sam says he's living proof that reparative therapy is "killing people." A support group to which he belongs began with ten members; eight have since taken their own lives. Sam is ever on the lookout for opportunities to help others in the same situation, with the message that not only does it get better―it can be made better.

That, and sometimes it gets much, MUCH worse before it gets better. Many people, all people in conservative areas of the country, cannot be out under threat of physical violence. Antigay bigots are still perfectly within the law to fire and evict someone due to antigay bigotry.

But now in 2011, you get a bunch of pollyannas who sat around and allowed society get to the point where fathers feel free to put their own children in the hospital, now fingerwagging at you that "it gets better". /rotfl

It didn't just get better by "better" dropping out of the sky into our laps and onto some youtube videos, we forced it to get better by putting ourselves on the line for decades, since so many of us had so little to lose, anyway.

7 OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 12:55:10am

re: #4 CuriousLurker

If someone beat & tortured a dog in the same way as was done to this young man, I'm quite sure his parents & everyone else involved would cluck about how horribly wrong it was and call the authorities, yet when it's a fellow human being—their own flesh & blood even—there's no understanding, no compassion, no mercy.

WTF? How can people be like that?

Social conservatism: your right to life ends once you have actually been born, fella!

8 OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin  Fri, Aug 26, 2011 2:59:03am

re: #1 jaunte

Double abuse, first from parents and again by doctors.

From your link: [Link: www.campuspride.org...]

What is Campus Pride?

Campus Pride represents the only national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students.
The organization is a volunteer-driven network "for" and "by" student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBT and ally students on college campuses across the United States.

Founded in the Fall of 2001 and launched a year later in October of 2002, Campus Pride started as an online community and resource clearinghouse under the name Campus PrideNet. The original founding partners were M. Chad Wilson, Sarah E. Holmes & Shane L. Windmeyer. In 2006, the organization broadened its outreach efforts and restructured as the current educational non-profit organization Campus Pride. As part of the restructuring process, the Lambda 10 Project for LGBT Fraternity & Sorority Issues (www.lambda10.org) became an educational initiative of Campus Pride. The executive director is national LGBT civil rights leader and campus pioneer Shane L. Windmeyer.

Before there was Campus Pride, there was Heartstrong. I've been a member off and on for years.

[Link: heartstrong.org...]

HeartStrong is a truly unique organization. You will not find another place solely for students from religious educational institutions who are struggling with feeling that they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT).

It doesn't matter what denomination of religious school you are attending or where you are in the world. (Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist, Mormon, Methodist, Baptist, etc.) If your religious school does not explicitly tell you that is okay to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender then we are here for you!

HeartStrong is a nonprofit social justice organization founded in 1996 to reach YOU. Make sure you read our confidentiality statement so you can make sure that your visit here is as safe as possible.

Because we were once students at religious schools, we know what it is like to struggle to survive.

That, we do.


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