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Fed LGBT website is gone

Blender Andy of Eleventh Avenue South shot me an email to answer the question I posed in an earlier post, How long before a Bush drone puts a stop to this?

The answer is 12 days. That’s how long it takes for a Bush drone to scrub a government web site of gay-positive content.

The URL: used to go to the “Celebrating the Pride and Diversity Among and Within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations” section (Google cache of the yanked page here) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s web site. Surfing there today, you receive the following message:

We are currently updating our Web site to better server our customers. The page you are trying to access is no longer available. We apologize for the inconvenience.

SAMSHA is a division of Health and Human Services. Here’s the mission of the agency:

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.

Apparently HHS head Mike Leavitt got a phone call from Family Research Council head Tony Perkins and his bible beating, friends, who went apesh*t when they saw the site’s gay-positive content.

Leavitt yanked the whole section. I guess something made the fundamentalist HHS head’s cranium explode. Look at what I said in the first post.

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“.

One can only hope that the hammer didn’t come down on gay-friendly Nancy Kennedy ( of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention/SAMHSA/DHHS. She has 30 years of professional and personal experience in mental health, substance abuse and sexual orientation, and (up until now) has been able to offer open, clear, honest and inclusive information to the LGBT community at this taxpayer-funded site.At least she tried.

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