In response to my latest posts someone commented that gays were to blame for AIDS. I would not say that, rather I would say that gay men were victim of well-meaning friends. Same-sex attraction (SSA) is a preventable and treatable psychological disorder. Had that information been widely available and accepted by the general public, the gay sexual revolution with its multiple concurrent partners and unsanitary sexual acts would have been recognized for what it was: a symptom of an underlying, untreated psychological disorder. However, rather than help those struggling with SSA, the mental health professionals –without any hard research to support their decision –gave in to the demand to remove homosexuality from their list of psychological disorders in 1973. The most logical weapon against the STD/HIV/AIDS epidemic – the prevention and treatment of SSA – was discarded and gay men died terrible deaths. Think about the timing, those young men who didn’t get help in the 1970s died in the 1980s.
When the epidemic was raging, the public health professionals accepted gay behavior as unchangeable and surrendered proven strategies for controlling an STD in favor of ineffective risk reduction. They literally killed the gay men with kindness.
Lest we condemn the failure of others without bearing our share of the guilt, let us remember that people of faith did little to support the few brave therapists who were working to find effective treatments. The Church didn’t pray for those struggling, didn’t offer hope, or help. There is plenty of blame to go around.