LGBT Issues for Breakfast

gay malaysian boys_On Wednesday, April 20, some readers of the Los Angeles Times may have choked on their oatmeal after perusing the pages of the nation’s fourth largest newspaper.

Front page headlines trumpeted: “Inmate sues state for sex change,” “Gay marriage foes decry judge’s use of video clip” and “Porn firms faulted for not aiding HIV probe.” Slightly quieter inside headlines announced, “Malaysia: Camp for boys who may be gay,” and “L.A. County agrees to settle (sexual harassment) suit for $900,000.”

I’m sure some thought, “What in the world is going on in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (lgbt) community? Can’t they just go back into the closet where they’ve been for thousands of years?”

But, it does make for interesting reading if not breakfast conversation!

For instance, take Malaysia, “Malaysia authorities have sent 66 Muslim schoolboys identified by teachers as effeminate to a four-day camp where they will receive counseling on masculine behavior to discourage them from  being gay.” Hmm… Christian conservatives, I think you missed an opportunity here. End teenage suicides caused by bullying in America’s school systems by rounding up effeminate male students and forcing the into “Butch Camp”? I can see it now, a whole new “Compassionate Conservative” campaign to save young lgbt youths from being bullied by isolating them at behavior modification camps! A better idea? Send the bullies to the behavior modification camps!

The $900,000. settlement is over a gay sexual harassment suit. It seems married Deputy Robert Lyznick was being harassed for “over a year” by his supervisor Sgt. Charles Dery. Lyznick testified that Dery’s inappropriate comments included, “Come into the bathroom for a rectal probe” and “I could get you so drunk that I could get you to perform oral sex on me.” Dery met Lyznick as he patrolled the various Metro link trains that passed through the Chatsworth station. According to Lyznick, Dery made sexual comments, touched him inappropriately and discussed lewd sexual acts while on duty.  He also encountered Dery in the station locker room, dressed only in his underwear and dancing provocatively. Dery reached over and touched Lyznick’s nipple. Dery also threatened Lyznick when he learned he might tell authorities. Said Dery, “If someone rolls over on me, I’ll put a bullet in his head.”  Hey, Sgt. Dery, not cool.

And Prop 8, the California initiative which removed the right for same-sex couples to marry, continues to  grab headlines. This time the sponsors of that successful initiative have gone to court to stop retired Federal Judge Vaughn Walker, the jurist who ruled that Prop 8 was unconstitutional, from using video tape from the trial in his lectures. Despite the legalese used by Andrew Pugno, lawyer for the Prop 8 campaign, their lawsuit, according to UC Irvine Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, is “aimed at embarrassing Judge Walker, because of anger at his decision.” The Prop 8 case is now on a legal journey through the California Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit Federal Appeals Court. Final stop: U.S. Supreme Court.

Next to the Prop 8 article was the HIV/Porn article. Due to pressure from Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Los Angeles County has finally investigated safe-sex practices within the Southern California porn industry. At least three male porn stars, who appeared in both straight and gay films, were found to be HIV positive. The companies would not provide information and porn stars, who used aliases, were also uncooperative. A report issued after the investigation urged that companies comply fully with current laws. (It is illegal to employ minors.)  And,  also, that condoms be used during the filming of any sex act.

carl matthesAnd finally, on page one, section one, we learn that there are “more than 300 inmates in the state prison system diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder.” One of them, Lyralisa Stevens, has been receiving female hormones for eight years (she has 42 more years left in prison) and Lyralisa wants to have a sex change operation. Expert witnesses have testified that surgery is necessary to remove “her” penis and testicles so that she can be moved to a women’s prison. In the men’s prison she is targeted for abuse and rape.

Aren’t we all tired of looking to the Bible for condemnation of the human condition? Aren’t we ready to be adults and accept, that with all aspects of life, there is diversity? Let’s have suitable legislation built on sound legal principles. Stop harassment and abuse. Accept gay men, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered folk as deserving of full human rights. We have nothing to lose except ignorance, hate and discrimination.

Carl Matthes

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  1. Bill Gibbons says

    Gender Identity Disorder? In other words, another mentally ill man who want to have implanted breasts, shaved legs and his sexual organs removed. Sounds to me that the Malaysians have the right idea. Let’s make sure that boys grow up to be men, not women.

    The whole movement to have homosexuality accepted as ‘normal’ is the biggest con game of all. Homosexuals are less healthy and live shorter live than heterosexuals, suffer from more intestinal parasites and STDs than heterosexuals, not to mention contributing up to 50% of our AIDS cases in North America. This is not about ‘hate’ or ‘homophobia,’ its the plain truth. Now they want to marry. There is no historical or social justification for same-sex marriage. It is a non-sensical term plucked out of the air, dressed up under the disguise of ‘human rights’ and pushed onto our courts by deviants whenever the vote to legalize this nonsense goes against them. Queers hate democracy, which is why whenever the will of the people goes against their demands, they go through the courts.

    Enter judge Vaughn Walker, a homosexual who struck down California’s Proposition 8 as “unconstitutional.” In order words, this elderly fudge packer decided to steal the votes of over seven million people because he didn’t like the outcome. Let’s not mention the fact that Walker and his partner will be direct beneficiaries if the Supreme Court fo the USA agrees with his ruling, which only reveals just how utterly selfish and self-centered the perverts, the mentally ill, and the pedophiles that make up the GBLT ‘community’ really are.

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