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“Are you a homosexual?”

John Stoehr, our friend at the New Haven Advocate, has a new article about independent Catholics, both radical and reactionary. It begins with the story of Rev. Shawn Smith: [T]he day he asked to enter the seminary was essentially his last day as a Roman Catholic. It changed the course of Smith’s life and it…

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Reverend Phelps, Your Cause Is Just!

Occasionally KtB just can’t resist sharing its space with some of the wild letter-writers we hear from on a regular basis. They, after all, are part of the cacophony choir, to the exposition of which the site is so fervently devoted. Take, as a saner preface to this, Josh Garrett-Davis’ recent piece here on Fred…


We’re All Gay Now!

The recent spate of bullying of gay and possibly gay children—to the point of multiple suicides—called my attention to the use of the word “gay.” It’s still quite frequently heard as a synonym for “uncool.” I think this needs to be dismantled ASAP, not only for the physical and mental health of our children and…

"people-watching" by left-hand via flickr.

Transparent on High

A maggid’s psychic powers.

Elsewhere on the behaviorist research scene, a cat learns to fire a cannon.

NYT Buries Researcher’s Ex-gay Legacy

Twenty days after his death, and long after KtB did so, the Times finally got around to publishing a piece on autism pioneer Ivar Lovaas. The article is fairly long and covers Lovaas’ career in some detail, even gracefully qualifying Lovaas’ use of electroshock, slapping, and other harsh reinforcements. Especially given the span of the…

Photo by CS Muncy.


“People were getting auctioned up on stage but I didn’t see anything I wanted nor did I think I should be for sale.”

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A Behaviorist’s Ex-gay Legacy

Since Dr. Ivar Lovaas died last week, he’s been memorialized tenderly on autism sites and elsewhere. I remember learning about Lovaas in my community college Pscyh 101 class. He’s rightfully credited with shifting the focus away from psychogenic theories of autism so that we no longer blame distant “Refrigerator Mothers” for their children’s social impairments—a…

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In the Appropriate Marital Context, of Course

Ladies of America! Pro-gay McDonald’s ad leads to downsizing of Peter LaBarbera’s gut: his junk will soon be accessible!



Once again, a woman is tempted by a snake.

Lucien's alleged listing on RentBoy.com; click to enlarge.

Love the Sin, Not the Sinner

Maybe one of you heterosexual married Buddha-killers wants to adopt George Alan Rekers’ son. Rekers, co-founder with James Dobson of the Family Research Council and current board member of NARTH (National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality), long ago came to the professional conclusion, “based on research and logic,” that “homosexually-behaving adults should not…

Anglican church above a slave dungeon in Ghana, by Nomade Moderne, via http://nomademoderne.wordpress.com/2008/04/

Notes from the Tangled Anglican Web

What the schism over sexuality has to do with the colonial legacy in Africa.

"Westboro Baptist Church outside ADL offices" by k763 via Flickr

The Magnetic Poetry of Fred Phelps

How a onetime civil rights lawyer learned that God hates fags.

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God Hates Lady Gaga

According to yesterday’s New York Times, this has been an unusually cold winter due to a mass of high pressure over Greenland that has forced the jet stream down under North America’s collar. According to the Rev. Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, “God is knocking the crap out of this country”…

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Queering Schism: Mad Lib Notes from a Recent Yale LGBT Studies Conference

How and why, we ask, has homosexuality come to serve as a flash point for so many local and global conflicts? Fill in the following 18 blanks with a word or phrase according to the prompts. Whatever you do, don’t read below the *! 1. A plural noun 2. A body of water 3. An…

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Sentimental Repression

It has been a welcome relief from the busy romantic adventures of a single fellow in his mid-twenties in New York City, with my cellular phone by happenstance out of commission, to indulge in a reverie of reflection. Its occasion—in addition to the missing phone—was the discovery of Mark Greif’s challenging new essay at n+1…

Believer Beware

Cowboy for Christ

From Believer, Beware: Gender-bending love at Christian camp.

Bayard Rustin in 1963

Gays Are the New Niggers

40 years after the Stonewall riots, what Bayard Rustin means for American democracy.

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Also, the Crucifixion Was Really Just a Carpentry Mishap

Arguing against hate crimes legislation that would protect queer folks, Representative Virginia Foxx (R., NC) says that Matthew Shepard was simply the victim of a robbery gone wrong, and that the idea that his murder was related to his sexuality is a “hoax.”