by Dan Savage
on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Kathy Baldock, truly a NALT Christian, attempted to speak up for LGBT youth—and attempted to speak to the parents of LGBT youth—during a Q&A session after an ex-gay speaker's speech at a church in Sparks, Nevada. Here's the brief statement Baldock wanted to make:
Do you know the consequences of rejecting your gay youth as opposed to accepting them? If parents with gay children were to follow the teachings and therapeutic tools offered by Kent Paris, your gay youth are EIGHT times more apt to attempt suicide than those gay youth who are accepted. They may suffer depression SIX times more often than those who are accepted. They are THREE times more likely to get involved in drug and alcohol abuse than those gay youth that are accepted. They are THREE times more likely to contract HIV and/or STDs than accepted gay youth
This is research; this is scientific, peer reviewed research.
If you are the parent of a gay youth, when you leave here, stop on the way home and buy a package of razors, a bottle of whiskey, a hypodermic needle and a lifetime supply of antibiotics because that is the life you will more often impose on your gay child through your rejection and shaming. This is what you will be doing to the child you have been charged to raise in the way they should go.
Do not try to force your child to be something they are not, something to your liking. You will not only be responsible for the effects on their mental and physical health, you will also, in all likelihood, push them from God.
The video above shows what happened when Baldock rose to speak. Says Baldock:
Two men, one on either side of me told me it was time for me to leave. They grabbed my arms. One was behind me, doing the same. I pulled away and said, “You see. Don’t touch me. Do not touch me. I would suggest you go to Canyonwalker Connections. Do not touch me. Do not touch me. Do not touch me. Do not touch me.” And of course they did and they were. I slowed them down, told them I would leave and wanted to get my belongings.
But, as I gathered my book, bag and coat, I kept talking.
At the same time, one man stepped between me and Mark Worsnop who was filming with his phone. Someone, it may have been the same man who blocked the filming, came behind Mark and put his knees into the back of Mark’s knees to collapse him over the chair. He too was escorted out. When you hear: “It’s called assault,” it is Mark speaking. He then told the guy, “Don’t do that again; I have fake knees.”