The religious right has always accused us, the gay, lesbian, inter-gender and trans communities of manipulating reality. Covertly, THEY have run de-programming groups, based on the kidnap and brain washing activities from the 1970’s when they attempted to reverse the mind space of their young who had fallen prey to “CULTS”. When in fact, religious groups as mainstream as the Catholic church have run sexual orientation de-programming sessions; what is most paradoxical is the amnesia with which they treat the by-product of such activity, the depression, the suicides. The post-Morse, Lewis UK detective series ran a dramatisation of this theme; sadly between story board and production it had morphed into the movie Silence of the Lambs. More positively, Armistead Maupin’s latest novel Maryann in Autumn takes a more tender line, where a Mormon elder strikes up a sexual friendship with an FTM trannie, very romantic and wistful.
I’m writing this to celebrate the move in California’s lower house of parliament, where the practice of “curing” homosexuality is to be banned, and discredited as a valid psychological therapy.
I won’t quote Bruce Bagemihl’s Biological Exuberance, a volume that outlines observations by scientists of homosexual and “queer” animal activity in the wild. I’ve written about this previously; the book leaves the reader with a warm feeling about the queerness and weirdness of nature. The book has left religious fundamentalists with a dilemma; previously they might have asserted that being gay was unnatural; now that practically every species on the planet has been observed “doing it”, as in the Cole Porter lyric, the bigots have to sing a different song. Now, they have to preach a more strident and contorted line: that nature reflects the fall from grace by Adam and Eve; furthermore, they might well preach that Jesus the messiah has directed us to turn our backs on the corrupted natural realm and seek grace internally. This message starts to ressemble that of the Gnostics; at this point the basic act of procreation becomes problematic. The farcical scenario then arises of a man convincing himself that he is not enjoying sex with his wife, to have a non-pleasurable orgasm while he fathers his children, which sounds like the start of systemic hypocrisy.