Signorile Demolishes Sponsor of NC SuperDOMA Amendment
In another demonstration of the anti-gay myths and stereotypes that define the thinking of the people who govern the nation, the North Carolina politician who shepherded the upcoming ballot initiative against gay families in that state appeared on Michelangelo Signorile’s Sirius XM radio program armed with "information" about GLBTs that turned out to be utterly false--and, Signorile suggested, dangerous in the hands of a lawmaker.
GLBT news site Unicorn Booty posted a Sept. 28 article on Signorile’s interview with NC State Sen. James Forrester. Along with the article, Unicorn Booty also posted a video of the 15-minute exchange between Signorile and Forrester, in which, the article said, "We’ve never before seen such a complete and total collapse of a Republican’s homophobic argument against equality in the face of simple, poignant questioning."
The article also featured a comment from Signorile, who wrote, "This interview has to be heard to be believed: Forrester not only could not back up his claims with any evidence--after first trying to source the Centers for Disease Control, only to be debunked by me--but he actually acknowledged that he could be wrong."
Forrester repeated the oft-touted claim that gay men die at significantly younger ages than heterosexual men. That claim has been refuted many times. Even so, anti-gay groups attempting to smear gays as a menace to public health routinely repeat the claim.
But Forrester’s source was not Cameron; rather, the bogus stats came to the lawmaker via another anti-gay activist, noted Signorile.
"He eventually credited a Christian activist named Frank Turek (who is associated with Maggie Gallagher and the National Organization for Marriage) as his source of this bogus public health information," Signorile wrote.
Frank Turek is one of the so-called "victims" of what NOM has long attempted to depict as gay thugs who intimidate and harass Christians for their religiously based biases against the GLBT community. Turek appears in a video produced by NOM offshoot the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance.
Turek, who is author of several books including one that declares that marriage equality "harms everyone," says on his MADA video that he was targeted for his "traditional" views on marriage and that gay pressure cost him jobs with major companies where he’d been employed as a motivational speaker.
"Turek makes himself sound like a pitiful victim," a Sept. 26 Pam’s House Blend article on the MADA video noted. "He makes it seem that his dismissals and inability to get gigs is due to his stance on gay marriage."
But what Turek did not mention in his video testimonial for NOM, Pam’s House Blend noted, was how he had expressed a belief that gays were in league with "radical Muslims" to "destroy Western Civilization."
Nor did Turek mention that he also has other "viewpoints" that gays, as well as straights, might find offensive, the article said--such as his comparison of gays to pedophiles, violent street criminals, and the violently insane, opinions he expressed in videos made well before his NOM appearance.
The information that Forrester obtained came from reading a book Turek had written. But the information the lawmaker cited was deeply biased--and entirely false, Signorile reported.
"Forrester had said in his town hall some of his patients were gay men who died early deaths, yet didn’t seem to know anything about public health, including that, on a global level, AIDS drastically affects heterosexuals more than gay men," noted the radio host.