Target: Dr. Alvin A. Crawley, Interim Superintendent for Prince George’s County Schools
Goal: Thank school district for pulling middle school sex education video that says people can choose not to be gay.
Richard A. Cohen, an ex-gay activist, along with Christopher Doyle, created a video called “Acception” that suggests people can choose not to be gay. “Acception” was until recently shown in junior high schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland as an alternative to their “gay-affirming” curriculum. After inquiries by Washington City Paper for its article, PG County pulled the video out of schools. Even though, according to schools spokesman Briant A. Coleman, the video was not pulled because of its focus on gay-to-straight therapy, but because it had “too much focus on alternative lifestyles,” this is a good thing.
Anti-gay activism tends to be religiously-based, and has little basis in fact. Scientific evidence overwhelmingly points to homosexuality being innate. Brain scans of gay and straight people show that the brains of gay people are in many ways wired the same way as straight members of the opposite sex: the amygdala, which is responsible for fear, manifested into the parts of the brain that control anxiety in gay men and straight women and in the parts that control fight-or-flight for straight men and lesbians. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association described gay-to-straight therapy as having “serious potential to harm young people.”
Ex-gay therapy techniques are more than likely ineffective, and can be incredibly damaging to pubescent children. Richard A. Cohen and Christopher Doyle, who made the video, purport to be giving students options, but they should not force kids into being a captive audience at school. People seeking gay-to-straight therapy should seek it themselves when undergoing it is a choice, even though being gay is not. Please thank PG County School Superintendent Dr. Alvin A. Crawley for pulling this video from the curriculum.
Dear Dr. Crawley,
We would like to thank you for your part in removing Richard A. Cohen and Christopher Doyle’s “Acception” video from Prince George’s County Schools. Gay-to-straight therapy is considered to be hugely damaging by the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, especially for middle school students, who are arguably the most vulnerable group of students.
Scientific evidence has virtually proven that homosexuality is not a choice. But undergoing gay-to-straight therapy is. Having these videos in schools takes these children’s choice away, imposing ideas on them that they are not old enough to understand. We support your commitment to objective sexuality teachings in schools: keep up the good work.
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