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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

P-FLAG and GLSEN Accused of Promoting Pedophilia

Join P-FLAG and GLSEN in demanding a public retraction and apology from the Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board (JWB) in response to defamatory statements made by board member Cecilia Burke. Burke is a political appointee of Florida governor Jeb Bush.

In a written memorandum addressed and circulated to the entire JWB on February 7, 2005, Burke stated that GLSEN and PFLAG "endorse unhealthy sexual practices among youth, including sex between underage youth and adults." This statement is false.

The St. Petersburg Times reported on March 7, 2005, "Burke said she based some of her statements on the work of the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuals. ... Burke's memo also criticized a mailing to school principals from a board committee saying that "reparative therapy" - a technique that tries to convert homosexuals to heterosexuality - is harmful for children with same-sex attractions and should be discouraged."

"In 1997, health and medical organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association, issued a resolution against any methods to change homosexual desires, because homosexuality is not a mental illness. "What we've understood is that if a person tries this therapy and it doesn't work, there is a heightened sense of guilt and a lowered sense of self-esteem," said the APA's Clinton Anderson." More about 'reparative therapy' here.

Send an e-mail to Jeb Bush and the staff of the Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board. Demand an official apology and the resignation of board member, Cecilia Burke.


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