How long before a Bush drone puts a stop to this?
The wingers at the Family Research Council caught wind of a section of the Health and Human Services (HHS) web site that features gay-affirmative information. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information site is one government resource that hasn’t been completely co-opted (yet) by the AmTaliban.
“Celebrating the Pride and Diversity Among and Within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations” is the section of the site that flies in the face of the flat-earth science often promoted in government under Bush that seems to either ignore or condemn homosexuality. Note the mission of SAMHSA, which is clear and inclusive.
SAMHSA’s vision is a life in the community for everyone. SAMHSA’s mission is to build resilience and facilitate recovery for people with or at risk for substance abuse and mental illness.
You know this bit of business set off FRC head Tony Perkins and his bible beating, fact-lite group. Their interpretation is that if someone is gay or bisexual that the orientation itself is the root cause of all addiction and self-destructive behavior in that population. Of course, the treatment that vulnerable LGBT citizens receive in a homophobic culture from the likes of people at FRC has nothing to do with driving people to substance abuse, right? (FRC):
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has sponsored a taxpayer-funded website that prominently features classic symbols of the pro-homosexual activist movement–an inverted triangle in rainbow colors with the word PRIDE above it.
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.”
The website also uses material from pro-homosexual activist groups such as the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), while ignoring groups with a different perspective, such as Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX). Let HHS know that you don’t want this kind of propaganda being supported by your tax dollars. You can e-mail Nancy Kennedy of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends, you can certainly thank Dr. Kennedy, who has 30 years of professional and personal experience in mental health, substance abuse and sexual orientation, for promoting open, clear, honest and inclusive information to the LGBT community if you have the chance; I’m sure she’s getting slammed by the FRC sheeple.
Nancy J. Kennedy, DrPH
Office of the Director
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention/SAMHSA/DHHS
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockwall II, Suite 920
Rockville, MD 20857
Phone Number: 301-443-9453
Fax Number: 301-443-1548
* Paper by Kennedy: Lesbians Living in Rural Areas: The Rainbow of Diversity
Oh lookee — the Freepi weighed in. I am quite amused at this new disease they invented, Gay Bowl Syndrome. How precious.
“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?”
“Where is the Secretary of HHS, the one appointed by our conservative President Bush? Not one thin dime from this conservative.”
“Do I refuse to pay my taxes now or should I pay them and hire a lawyer to sue the government for gross misapropriation of funds?”
“No one should be shocked by this. Promoting homosexual/lesbian/transsexual and ‘other’ so-called ‘rights’ are what these Government departments have ENTIRE bureaucracies set up to do!”
“Our right wing gubbmint is sure hurting the sodomites and the rest of the so called oppressed.”
“Isn’t it against the law for a government agency to suggest that homosexuals drink and smoke and have other bad habits more frequently than normal people? I thought that was a hate crime. Maybe if you carry around a pink triangle that immunizes you from prosecution?”
“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.”
“Here is their customer service comments page: http://store.health.org/email/default.aspx”
“I let them know that I didn’t appreciate them wasting my tax dollars, particularly on such an unhealthful lifestyle.”
“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.”
“And here is my personal favorite. After talking about how gays are more likely to take to drugs, alcohol, and suicide, we get this little number about the importance of labeling people as “heterosexists”: “It is important to use this term because it shifts the “problem” from the LGBT individual to society and helps LGBT persons understand that it is not their “fault” others don’t accept them.””
“Geez, liberalism at its finest, laid out in plain sight. Remove any sense of personal accountability, shift the blame to everyone else, and call them names. That’s it. Social liberalism, economic liberalism: that’s the steaming load of it all.”
“Celebrating a known disease vector at HHS.”
“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.”
“HHS Secretary is Mike Leavitt. Anyone know his email address??? I’m sure he would hate for his mailbox to be overflowing with complaints about this web site.”
To elaborate on that last comment, Leavitt, the former governor of Utah, was sworn in at HHS last January. He was formerly at the Environmental Protection Agency. Once he’s alerted about the gay-positive resources on the SAMHSA site, you may see it “disappear” or receive a little editorial facelift, considering his vision for HHS, laid out in his “500 Day Plan“. Here’s one of Leavitt’s goals…
Protect Life, Family and Human Dignity
In 5,000 days, the Secretary sees a nation in which …
* Children are protected from abuse and neglect.
* Seniors and persons with disabilities are cared for with dignity and respect.
* Faith and community-based groups are given equal access to government grants.
* Self-reliance and work are rewarded.
* Protection of life and adherence to sexual abstinence outside of marriage
are values supported by public policies and taught to future generations.
* Family interests are protected and marriages strengthened.
In the next 500 days the Secretary will concentrate on …
* Promoting self-sufficiency and state flexibility in the reauthorization of TANF.
* Increasing the commitment to faith and community-based grants, including Access to Recovery.
* Improving Head Start coordination with state and federal departments of education.
* Supporting the First Lady’s initiatives on Helping America’s Youth and Women’s Health and Wellness.
* Supporting a culture of life and family in international policies.