How They See Us: Unmasking the Religious Right War on Gay America is a very useful push back and refutation to when anti-gay groups and their spokespeople demonize lgbts via junk science, cherry-picked science, or vile name-calling and propaganda. They hide all of this behind a veneer of “Christian beliefs.” I encourage you to read this booklet, download it, and distribute copies to those who need it, particularly our lgbt children. The old adage of “knowledge is power” is more than appropriate here.
How They See Us: Unmasking the Religious Right War on Gay America also exposes the hideous imagery used against the lgbt community:
As well as how the anti-gay right distorts science and research to create a false image of homosexuality being a “dangerous health issue”:
. . .whenever you watch, hear, or read religious right spokespeople citing research to prove their negative theories about homosexuality and the gay community, it’s important to note that these individuals are not scientists or researchers. Often times, they have no degrees in sociology, psychiatry, pediatrics, or any other field dealing with physical, sexual, and mental health of the gay community. And despite the fact that they may have titles such as “policy expert” or policy analyst,” they are not on a news program to offer credible analysis.
What they offer via interviews and published works are falsehoods which they create through underhanded tactics such as cherry-picking. Cherry-picking is deliberately misusing passages from credible scientific work to provide a negative view of the gay community, even if the original study offers the exact opposite view.
An example of this would be Family Research Council spokesman Peter Sprigg’s published work, The Top Ten Myths About Homosexuality.
One of the points Sprigg makes is that homosexuality in itself is a “negative lifestyle.” He provides proof from a pro-gay medical source (the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association – GLMA) to claim that gays and lesbians have a natural problem with depression, anxiety, and drug abuse. However, Sprigg omits that the GLMA also said that these negative behaviors are not indicative of being a gay or lesbian but rather are triggers as a result of homophobia, discrimination, and a lack of a good social support system.