Monday, May 2, 2011

Stopping Gay Teens From Saying They’re Gay Will Stop Them From Suicide?

Stopping gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teens from self-identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender is the way to stop teens from attempting suicide, suggests Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies. Sprigg, who has said that “gay behavior should be outlawed,” is responding to the study, “The Social Environment and Suicide Attempts in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth,” closely examined by The New Civil Rights Movement two weeks ago, which found that gay and straight teens who live in socio-politically conservative areas are more likely to attempt suicide, and the degree of an area’s political conservatism reflects the degree teens — gay or straight — are likely to attempt suicide.

“[T]he most effective way of reducing teen suicide attempts is not to create a ‘positive social environment’ for the affirmation of homosexuality. Instead, it would be to discourage teens from self-identifying as gay, lesbian, or bisexual,” writes Sprigg, the man whose words are almost single-handedly responsible for the FRC being designated a certified hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Family Research Council, regular readers will remember, is the group co-founded by George Alan Rekkers, who became infamous just one year ago next week, as the anti-gay activist who hired a “rent boy” to escort him to Europe, under the guise of “lifting his luggage.”

Sprigg adds, “based on his findings, reducing the number of teens who self-identify as homosexual or bisexual could lead to a much larger reduction in suicide attempts.”

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