'Pro-Family' Group Slams Obama Program for Elderly Gays Because 'Few of These People are Likely to Live Long Enough' to Benefit

Tony Perkins' Family Research Council put out a statement slamming a plan by the Obama administration to devote resources to LGBT seniors.

Perkins The plan as announced by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: "The LGBT Resource Center will help community-based organizations understand the unique needs and concerns of older LGBT individuals and assist them in implementing programs for local service providers, including providing help to LGBT caregivers who are providing care for an older partner with health or other challenges. The Administration on Aging will award a single Resource Center grant at approximately $250,000 per year, pending availability of funds. Eligible entities will include public-private nonprofit organizations with experience working on LGBT issues on a national level."

FRC says the program is a waste of time because gay people die before they get old:

"In reality, HHS has no idea how many LGBT seniors exist. No one does! The movement is only a few decades old, and people who are 80- or 90-years-old didn't grow up in a culture where it was acceptable to identify with this lifestyle. Of course, the real tragedy here--apart from the unnecessary spending--is that, given the risks of homosexual conduct, these people are less likely to live long enough to become senior citizens! Yet once again, the Obama administration is rushing to reward a lifestyle that poses one of the greatest public health risks in America. If this is how HHS prioritizes, imagine what it could do with a trillion dollar health care overhaul!"

Americablog notes the whole "gays die young" is the brainchild of debunked doctor Paul Cameron.

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  1. "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

    Matthew 5:11-12

    Posted by: taodon | Oct 28, 2009 11:11:55 AM


  2. Where does one start with that statement!? The "greatest public health risk in America" is actually lack of exercise and if this group actually got off their fat asses and fact checked they'd probably find that, oh yeah, cancer and heart disease are pretty much up there too. Being gay? Not so much...And of course the old lie of an elected "lifestyle" suits the false argument every time because we all have choose our sexuality don't we? I need a lie down now and a long shower...

    Posted by: Stewart | Oct 28, 2009 11:12:30 AM


  3. I'm waiting for that group to tell HHS to "stop wasting money on health service for men" since women, on average, live longer. And what about the difference in average life expectancy of different races?

    Should we spend less money on 'inner city kids' because so many die before the age of 25 due to drugs and gun violence?

    Posted by: Ace | Oct 28, 2009 11:19:41 AM


  4. How "Christian" of these pious morons.
    They better fact check their holy book of myths to see what their creator says about such things

    Posted by: Nick | Oct 28, 2009 11:29:19 AM


  5. Because a $250K grant that will be awarded "pending availability of funds" is really something to get excited about. I wonder how much Tony Perkins received in tax breaks last year under the guise of this religious activities?

    The statement is so stupid that it will hurt them as much as help.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 28, 2009 11:29:19 AM


  6. The FRC is already morally bankrupt.
    The next step is to convince decent people to leave them REALLY bankrupt.
    It would be hard to imagine a less Christian response to the issue than the FRC's in this instance.
    Sick, sick, sick....and infuriating.

    Posted by: notshychirev | Oct 28, 2009 11:29:37 AM


  7. Perkins is the PERFECT candidate to do that "University Homphobic test study" ...sit him down,strapped to a chair/with an arousal indicator on his penis and watch GAY PORN.....he'd probably get a RAGING hard-on...His cock would explode.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Oct 28, 2009 11:29:51 AM


  8. The Bible says that REVILERS will not see the gates of heaven. A reviler is someone who bad-mouths and denigrates others. Mr. Perkins, you are a reviler of the first order. If your own Bible is true, you will apparently burn for all eternity in the fires of hell.
    Mr. Perkins, it's not being gay that makes for a shorter life-span. It's being stupid about casual sex that can shorten a persons lifetime. Unsafe sex is the culprit... not being gay. I suggest you learn something about germ theory --a concept that most intelligent people have accepted since at least the 1940s.

    Posted by: Dan Cobbbb | Oct 28, 2009 11:34:18 AM


  9. Mr. Perkins just needs to come out of the closet already and quit denigrating and bashing openly gay folks. Religion=death.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Oct 28, 2009 11:36:27 AM


  10. What is truly ironic is how THEIR OWN PAPER (a download on their site) is about young men and HIV, HPV and other STDs, it mentions nothing about elderly gays. As well, most of the stats that they quote are over 9 years old. Mr. Perkins needs to read his own organization's dated materials a bit closer.

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 28, 2009 11:43:49 AM


  11. Now, you tell me what's more dangerous and insidious to gay communities in the United States: some idiot football player from a ghetto background calling people "faggots"; or some bigoted, anti-gay, political activist who WOULD have influence under a Republican President?

    The anti-gay football player's opinion isn't respected by anybody who matters; the anti-gay activist represents the soul of the Republican Party's "base", and they could come to power again in this country.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 28, 2009 11:44:58 AM


  12. Gay folks would live a lot longer if folks like the FRC didn't leave them hanging on barbed wire fences.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Oct 28, 2009 11:53:29 AM


  13. Wow. Perkins makes it really hard to not respond with a hearty fuck off.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Oct 28, 2009 11:54:26 AM


  14. I'm not sure what happens when we check out at the end of our run on planet Earth, but if there is a hell, I hope there is a place right next to Hitler and Rove for this douche bag.

    There is a great article in the NY Times this week on homeless youth in America. 1.6 million and climbing.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/26/us/26runaway.html?th&emc=th

    Imagine if a fraction of the money these hate groups spend on fight gay rights and others were spent on caring for the innocents that Christ loved.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Oct 28, 2009 11:55:40 AM


  15. Ah, but Derrick, mon frere, athletes [of whatever color] well-known enough to get quoted in the press influence the opposite...and longer living...end of the spectrum: impressionable youngins. And if I had the choice of getting clubbed by an antigay vote or a baseball bat, I'd choose the former.

    But as we're clubbed by both, I say Zero Tolerance for all homo/trans-hating statements, no matter from whose mouth they come or from where those mouths come.

    [Hoping this finds all well with you.]

    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Oct 28, 2009 11:59:39 AM


  16. I am 22 years old and I live in Canada. At only the age of 22, and in our enlightened generation, I am getting so, so tired of hearing about this nonsense-based hate-speech and I still cannot believe that it freely exists. I can't imagine the torture for those much older than me to have been hearing this kind of talk for so long.

    That being said, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think if the "Family Research Council" (what an insult to the word "research") came to Canada they'd be torn down and laughed out of any major stream of media. It boggles me how this exists in other countries.

    Mr. Perkins, I can assure you that I plan on living long and healthy (in fact, I work in health promotion) and that my "lifestyle" will have no impact upon that. I am a well-rounded, caring, thoughtful, and educated person, which is much more than I can say for you.

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 28, 2009 12:20:57 PM


  17. No, Tony is really pissed off because he could put $250,000 to much better use. After all, he spent about $80,000 back in the day to buy the mailing list of former KKK member David Duke, which Tony then used to begin his political advocacy.

    Imagine how many bigots he could target with a cool quarter-million.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Oct 28, 2009 12:39:40 PM


  18. Is it possible for these people to become any more hateful? May they ROT IN HELL

    Posted by: KFLO | Oct 28, 2009 12:39:41 PM


  19. @Mark. You're right. I'm in the UK, but in all of Europe, this person would be arrested for insighting hatred against a minority group. I do like the keep up with International attitudes toward gay men and women, but in the US the media seem to give these people a platform. They simply are not legally allowed anywhere in Europe.

    Posted by: Henry | Oct 28, 2009 12:57:13 PM


  20. When is someone going to challenge these yahoos and say enough...you are out of line!! Someone needs to challenge these people and ask them where they get their information from. I me really...what a dumb statement to make.
    there is a lot more things that can kill you then being gay. cigarettes, alcohol, depression, drug abuse, obesity, the list goes on and on...i mean we all partake in something that is bad for us.

    Posted by: Paul | Oct 28, 2009 1:02:09 PM


  21. To put it mildly, Tony Perkins is an awful man. However, part of me is glad he's around and speaking out loud because he is a shining example of how mean-spirited and unbiblical many in the religious right are. The more he speaks his untruths, the more he puts himself in front of the public as a paragon of, well, misvirtue. Soon he will be considered akin to Fred Phelps from Topeka. Alas, Perkins speaking out means we have to expend energy to speak out against him, but it's worth it. I'm beginning to think that the most unChristian people are to be found in the religious right's hierarchy and press offices.

    Posted by: Hawthorne | Oct 28, 2009 1:14:22 PM


  22. Tony Perkins can go fuck himself. That ignorant, low-class piece of white trash ought to have his teeth shoved so far down his throat he'd have to sit on his dinner plate to eat his next meal.

    Posted by: mike | Oct 28, 2009 2:37:04 PM


  23. I am simply at a loss for what to say about that piece of hate-speech from this pious sack of shit! It boggles the mind that he and other bigots like him are actually received with ANY level of credibility... they are vile, low, slimy and evil. I wish the US would follow the rest of the world and arrest people for inciting hatred against groups of society that they don't agree with.

    Posted by: CKNJ | Oct 28, 2009 3:00:08 PM


  24. What a smug fkn cunt !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 28, 2009 4:02:50 PM


  25. By Perkin's logic, we should get tax exemption status as well as all of our money back from paying social security all our lives, right?

    Posted by: Lukas | Oct 28, 2009 4:09:09 PM


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