Rarely a day goes by anymore when we don’t read a particularly bigoted comment aimed toward the LGBT community. It fills so many headlines that if it wasn’t so terrifying, especially to those who are bullied, it would almost be boring. Just today, our own Mitch Gilbert reported that a Tennessee Rep., John Ragan told him that:
“A person is a heterosexual because of the presence of genitalia of one sex or the other. No one except a very few with an exceedingly rare congenital deformity have both kinds of genitalia.”
Apparently, biology isn’t required study in Tennessee’s high schools, because another Tennessee GOP lawmaker, Sen. Stacey Campfield said this today (from Raw Story):
“Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community,” he told Michelangelo Signorile, who hosts a radio program on SiriusXM OutQ. “It was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall.”
“My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex.”
Of course, Senator Campfield is wrong on all accounts. While the AIDS epidemic in the US was allegedly started through homosexual transmission, heterosexual transmission is increasing. In 2009, the CDC estimated that nearly 13,000 people contracted AIDS through heterosexual contact. In Southern Africa, AIDS is nearly pandemic. Women are especially hard hit.
While it is true that AIDS probably started in the simian world, there is absolutely no evidence that it was transferred to humans through inter-species sexual contact and the likelihood is pretty slim.
The idea that gay men are so indiscriminate in choosing sexual partners that they would have sex with a monkey is simply textbook homophobia. Gay men, like straight men are selective in choosing sexual partners. If they weren’t, it would be simple for them to bow to the bigoted politicians or to the people in their lives who simply don’t get it, and live the straight life. But, Senator Campfield, for most people, sexuality is not that fluid. Gay men were born attracted to men, not monkeys.