Yes, I am on my brightly rainbow colored soapbox again. This time about an (alleged) quote from the Jesus-Chrispy whackadoodle Michele Bachmann from way back in 2004. She popped up in the news again leading Tea Party rallies, and I decided to dig a little to find out more about her.
I already knew she was a nutjob who is hot for Jesus, but I found a quote from her speech at the 2004 EdWatch that set my teeth on edge:
On homosexuality as a mental disorder: “Don’t misunderstand. I am not here bashing people who are homosexuals, who are lesbians, who are bisexual, who are transgender. We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders.” — Senator Michele Bachmann, speaking at EdWatch National Education Conference, November 6, 2004.
Really, Senator? Sexual dysfunction? I searched high and low trying to find the audio or video for this, but unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find anything. If anyone wants to send me information to either confirm or deny that Bachmann made this asinine comments, I would happy to either post the information and/or direct my frustration away from her and onto other fuckwits who spout this kind of unmitigated bullshit.
There’s a problem with saying that being LGBT is some kind of disorder or dysfunction, the biggest of which is that the American Psychological Association declassified homosexuality as a disorder in 1977. Nineteen-seventy-fucking-seven people! Don’t you think it’s time to start accepting that attraction for the same sex is likely far more natural and even HEALTHY than say, pumping yourself full of Botox and silicone to look like a freakin’ Stepford Wife?
Homosexuality isn’t a disease. It isn’t a sickness, it isn’t perverted or depraved, it occurs in nature along with a myriad of other sexual acts and partnerships. The difference is, we humans can love and form long lasting, loving relationships that can be the catalysts for well-adjusted children and great families. However, if we keep telling society that loving someone and marrying someone of the same gender is wrong, sick and unnatural, we are going to continue to perpetrate the idea that you can’t be gay and have a lasting family. I would think that as a society we would want to create more lasting relationship and more family units. If you have marriages, you have weddings, which are expensive. You have home purchases, car purchases and furniture purchases. You have more tax revenue. You have stable homes for children who need them. You have less serial dating and casual sexual encounters as a whole, cutting down on the risk (which exists in both the gay and straight community) of unsafe sexual practices spreading STDs. Making more families is good for society and it is good for the economy. Plus, it makes this country a little less fraught with pure douchebaggery as a whole.