A mean-spirited attempt to mock LGBT persons in their coming-out process

April 30, 2013

“Right-wing parody of coming out reveals true parody”
Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge, writing for Religion Dispatches, says the anti-gay group that produced this video (a film she describes as  “ham-fisted and ridiculous”) says far more about the religious right’s anti-gay movement than about the lesbian and gay people the video so cruelly mocks. Anyone who has observed or experienced the anguish many LGBT people go through in revealing their sexual orientation, not knowing how the news will be received by a friend or family member and what the consequences might be (possibly being disowned by family, kicked out of a church, feeling rejected and depressed to the point of wanting to end one’s own life) cannot help but be offended and deeply grieved by this video. Read Chellew-Hodge’s commentary and—if you can stand it—watch this unbelievable video, which would be laughable if it were not so malevolent.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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