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Washington Post Tells Kids Homosexuality Is Fine

Throwing aside even a pretense of fairness, The Washington Post openly promoted homosexuality to teens in a front page article today about a 15-year-old boy “coming out” to embrace his “gay identity.” The Post included a video about the boy, Saro Harvey. 


Post reporter Theresa Vargas's article, “Owning His Gay Identity – at 15 Years Old,” was an entirely one-sided advertisement for more school “anti-bullying” policies, which often evolve into pro-homosexual re-education campaigns. 


Vargas chose to cite two pro-homosexual organizations GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) and PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). She failed, however, to include any statements from experts who oppose the encouragement of homosexuality among the young.  She also ignored the many recent alarming health reports about soaring sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, among young gay men.


Vargas pulled out all the stops, even repeating the gay-activist-created myth that Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard “was killed for being gay.” Shepard, as revealed in an ABC News investigation on 20/20 on Nov. 26, 2004, was tied to a fence and left to die after a drug deal turned into a robbery in 1998. The assailants, who were convicted of murder and given life terms, picked out Shepard not to make a savage point about hating gays but because he was carrying cash and looked like an easy mark. Nonetheless, the media have continued to follow the “killed for being gay” script written for them by homosexual activists who flooded into Wyoming and made Matthew the martyr for their cause.    


Vargas also cited the case of Lawrence “Larry” King, an Oxnard, Calif. eighth-grader, who “wore purple eye shadow and high heel boots.” Despite the existence of anti-bullying policies that include “sexual orientation,” King was shot on Feb. 12, 2008 by a boy who had been taunted by other teens because Larry had openly flirted with him and asked him to be his valentine. Vargas notes that:  “The 14-year-old that [Larry] had considered a possible valentine is charged with his death.”


The Washington Post article leaves the impression that Saro Harvey was born gay/trans and that anyone who suggests otherwise is a candidate for a re-education session in one of the “diversity and tolerance” clinics that often accompany anti-bullying programs. The article does quote Saro's father, James Harvey, who Vargas says “struggles to grasp what 'triggered' Saro's interest in the same sex. Had his son been molested? He questioned. Could this be just a phase?”


Vargas does not inquire any further into the possible origins of Saro's same-sex attractions nor examine the boy's relationship with his father.


For information about problems with genetic theories of homosexual attraction see Born or Bred? by this author. More information about possible causes of same-sex desires and hope for change can be found at the Web sites of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), or Exodus International.  


Robert Knight is Director of the Culture and Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center.