Another Dodgy American Export–Ex-Gay Propaganda

Dodgy, a British term meaning evasive, tricky, not sound, good or reliable, questionable and suspicious. Yep, seems a member of NARTH, the “secular” ex-gay organization, recently testified about same-sex parenting in Yorkshire, UK. The PinkNews reports:

An employment tribunal in Yorkshire has heard evidence from an American academic who claims that placing children with same-sex couples damages them.


The tribunal heard evidence yesterday from Dean Byrd, who is a prominent promoter of so-called conversion therapy as a “cure” for homosexuality. Dr Byrd told the tribunal:
“The most reputable scientists would agree that the research on children raised by same-sex couples is in its infancy,” according to The Yorkshire Post. “However, in spite of the many flaws in the very limited pool of rigorous studies, there appears to be an emerging theme. Children raised by same-sex couples exhibit poor outcomes not so dissimilar to those raised by divorced heterosexual parents.”

Jim Burroway provides clear analysis on this move by an ex-gay group to deny the rights of LGBT folks by misconstruing research.

NARTH bills itself as an association of scientific and mental health professionals while distorting research to advance a political agenda. And despite this change in leadership, it appears that they will continue to use their cover as dispassionate professionals to the detriment of gays and lesbians — and to the detriment of children who need good homes.

This post has 6 Comments

  1. MadPriest on January 29, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    Yeah, bad – dodgy
    But not the worst American import
    Some stupid vicar is about to put on a U2 eucharist.


  2. Peterson Toscano on January 30, 2007 at 12:50 am

    madpriest, ha! that’s nothing, wait until some lunatic comes up with the Brady Bunch Liturgy. “God always said don’t play ball in the house!” “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!” Oh, dear, I can feel a play coming on!

  3. Anna HP on January 30, 2007 at 10:28 am

    I just read an articel on about a list of music/groups that according to a christian organisation called Love Gods Way will make you gay. For exampel, Nirvana, Scissor Sisters and the Doors will make you gay, Elton John is in a cathegory of his own, considerd “really gay” .. how ever, Cindy Lauper is considers safe. Hmm.

  4. M on January 30, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    Finally, I now the reason I’m gay – it’s IS my dad’s fault. After all, he’s the one that introduced me to all that horribly gayifying Doors music.

  5. M on January 30, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    I’m back again, to say “oops” for the typo in my comment (now I know, it should have read) and to give the link to the bands that make you gay:

  6. Scotmagicman on January 30, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    And sticking with the issue of gay couples raising kids…. There was an interesting article on The Independent (a quality UK paper) on adoption by same-sex couples. Worth a read at

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