Homosexual Recruitment

Peter Madden’s recent media release  PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM HOMOSEXUAL RECRUITMENT ’ is just another of the many outrageous statements made about gay and lesbian people that is based on nothing more than ignorance and fear. Research has shown it is impossible to recruit people or even to try and change a person’s innate sexual orientation.

In the late 70’s a similar campaign was launched ‘SAVE OUR CHILDREN’ by Anita Bryant. Whilst there was some initial success with Bryant’s campaign eventually sanity prevailed and equality granted for gay and lesbian people.

Peter Madden and others have taken a quote made 10 years ago by academic Dr. Graham Willett out of context. Knowing it is actually impossible to convert or recruit people to become homosexual, Anthony Venn-Brown contacted Dr Willett regarding the actual quote used by Madden and determine its context. You can read his reply below the press Christian Democratic Party press release.

Christian Democratic Party candidate for Sydney warned listeners of the 2GB Radio station last Saturday (Feb.19th) that one of the main objectives of the Homosexual and Lesbian Mardis Gras is recruitment.

Mr. Madden said after the interview:  "It is clear that the Mardis Gras is about many things but the most dangerous aspect is the recruitment agenda of the event. The issue of the thousands of unsupervised drunken teenagers at the mardis gras raises many questions as to why Sydney parents allow their young teenage children to attend the Mardis Gras unsupervised." He went on to say "I think many parents would think differently about letting their children attend if they understood the recruitment agenda of some homosexuals and lesbians."

Mr. Madden backed up his statement by quoting homosexual author and one of the intellectual champions of the Australian homosexual movement Dr. Graham Willet (Senior Lecturer at Melbourne University) who said in regard to defiance and recruitment: "I think the idea that sexuality is genetic is crap. There is absolutely no evidence for it at the moment, and I think it is unhealthy that people want to embrace this idea. It does reflect a desire to say, "it's not our fault", as a way of deflecting our critics. We have achieved what we have achieved by defiance, not by concessions. I think we should be recruiting people to homosexuality.... If you believe it's genetic, how are you going to make the effort" [to recruit]? [CAPITAL Q WEEKLY, 3 Nov. 2000, Page 17.]

In once again affirming his dedication to see the Homosexual and Lesbian Mardis Gras moved from the streets of Sydney to a stadium he said "This is yet another vital reason why the NSW government needs to get the Mardis Gras off the streets into a stadium. If parents are unaware of the danger or simply won't protect their children from the predatory nature of those wishing to recruit young people into homosexuality then the government needs to step in and provide protection."

I contacted Dr Willett personally for clarification on the statements he'd made earlier. I got a reply email from him disturbed that a statement he'd made 12 years earlier was being misconstrued. In his reply email to me on Wed 2/03/2011 12:30 PM he said this.

‘As to recruiting, I think we should recruit gay people to our community as Christians recruit to their communities. And for the same reason – we are happier if we are part of a collectivity, rather than isolated and alone. The gay community – for all its faults – is a pretty good place to be for gay people (and for our friends). As to recruiting to homosexuality – this is, as far as we know, not possible. In the spirit of scientific openness I suppose I should keep an open mind on this. But, unlike the Christians and the heterosexuals, we have never tried to recruit to our lifestyle. For the rather obvious reason that most of us spent our childhoods being recruited to heterosexuality – it didn’t work and it made most of us pretty unhappy.’
Graham Willett
Senior Lecturer in Australian Studies
University of Melbourne

7 comments:

  1. I'm as gay as the day is long myself & quite frankly Mr Madden should just go away.An apology from this Christian man & self confessed sex addict would have all the meaning & genuine feeling of the faerie tale book (the Bible) he bases his life & beliefs on.An apology from him would sound like this....

    'etc,etc,etc,etc,I'm sorry,etc,etc,etc...Amen!'

    I'd buy a apology from him like I'd buy a used car from him.Just go away.

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  2. that part of Hyde Park was strewn with me and 70 teenagers creating posters that told young people that they were precious, and that they deserved to be proud of who they are :)

    that makes me feel good.

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    1. where is the like button when you need it. thanks Scott

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  3. To set the record straight
    CAPITAL Q WEEKLY 17 3 November 2000
    Dean Durber speaks with Graham Willett author of ‘Living out Loud’
    Durber - You write that most gays believe “their sexuality to be genetic”. Why is this so?
    Willett I think the idea that sexuality is genetic is crap. There is absolutely no evidence for it at the moment, and I think it is unhealthy that people want to embrace this idea. It does reflect a desire to say, “it’s not our fault”, as a way of deflecting our critics. We have achieved what we have achieved by defiance, not by concessions. I think we should be recruiting people to homosexuality. It’s a great lifestyle and something everybody should have the right to experience. If you believe it’s genetic, how are you going to make the effort?
    The clear implication of the last line is - THE EFFORT TO RECRUIT.
    This was confirmed by Willett himself, in his response to a letter to the editor I wrote quoting that Willett had stated "homosexuals needed to recruit"

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    1. Dear Anonymous. it doesn't serve your cause to cherry pick or misquote. Knowing that no gay person would ever believe let alone say that they recruit I did my homework.

      I contacted Dr Willett personally for clarification on the statements he'd made earlier. I got a reply email from him disturbed that a statement he'd made 12 years earlier was being misconstrued. In his reply email to me on Wed 2/03/2011 12:30 PM he said this.


      ‘As to recruiting, I think we should recruit gay people to our community as Christians recruit to their communities. And for the same reason – we are happier if we are part of a collectivity, rather than isolated and alone. The gay community – for all its faults – is a pretty good place to be for gay people (and for our friends). As to recruiting to homosexuality – this is, as far as we know, not possible. In the spirit of scientific openness I suppose I should keep an open mind on this. But, unlike the Christians and the heterosexuals, we have never tried to recruit to our lifestyle. For the rather obvious reason that most of us spent our childhoods being recruited to heterosexuality – it didn’t work and it made most of us pretty unhappy.’

      Graham Willett
      Senior Lecturer in Australian Studies
      University of Melbourne I've

      Which is why I put this at the bottom of Peter Maddens outrageous press I've quoted here. I would suggest that you also check out the sources before quoting people. You can email him as i did at this address. gwillett@unimelb.edu.au

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    2. sometimes I wonder why I bother replying to someone called anonymous.....was it Peter Madden himself? One wonders

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