Did anyone else catch this Cliff Kincaid op-ed from the ironically named, “Accuracy in Media” news site? After praising ABC News for prompting people to quit smoking, in the wake of Peter Jennings’ death from lung cancer, Kincaid goes on to urge ABC to launch a campaign urging people to Quit Gay Sex. Here’s the best part:
We would suggest that ABC News take on another dangerous practice—homosexuality. The latest reports indicate a rising pattern of sexually transmitted diseases nationwide. The 2005 estimate for syphilis cases is the highest in a decade, and the number of gonorrhea cases will exceed any other year’s count since 1993. Federal officials attribute the increases mostly to HIV-positive homosexual men having sex with one another. The practice is called “serosorting.” The practice shows the dangerous and addictive nature of the homosexual lifestyle. As if it wasn’t bad enough that the homosexual men are HIV-positive, they simply cannot stop having sex with other men. So they are still having sex, this time with other HIV-positive men. They think this is “responsible” sex. But they are increasing their risk of acquiring other sexually transmitted infections, including new resistant strains of HIV. It appears that the homosexual lifestyle is as addictive as smoking.
Hilarious! If I didn’t know better, I would swear this was a parody article, a la The Onion. What’s clear, certainly, is that Cliff Kincaid has never met an actual gay person. It is tragic that some people suffer from sex addiction, and that they feel compelled to indulge in dangerous, unsafe sex practices–but this is not a condition exclusive to gay people (Sexaholics Anonymous? 90% straight), nor is it one that afflicts the majority gay people.
It’s 2005, and I can’t really believe we still have to say this, but here it is again: Homosexuality does not cause AIDS; nor does it cause syphilis. Unsafe sex–of the gay or straight variety–is what facilitates disease transmission. Those of us who are responsibly single, or happily coupled, can only scratch our heads at this absurd conflation of homosexuality and sex addiction.