Romney Blocked Anti-Bullying Guide from Publication Over Objection to the Terms ‘Bisexual’ and ‘Transgender’

Mitt Romney blocked an anti-bullying guide that could have helped thousands of Massachusetts school children over his objection that it contained the words 'bisexual' and 'transgender', terms sure to get the negative attention of social conservatives he needed for his 2008 presidential run, the Boston Globe reports in a front page story today:

Mitt_romneyRomney aides said publicly at the time that publication of the guide had been delayed because it was a lengthy document that required further review. But an e-mail authored in May of that year by a high-ranking Department of Public Health official – and obtained last week by the Globe through a public records request – reflected a different reason.

“Because this is using the terms ‘bisexual’ and ‘transgendered,’ DPH’s name may not be used in this publication,’’ wrote the official, Alda Rego-Weathers, then the deputy commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Department of Public Health was the guide's primary sponsor, so Romney's move stopped its publication.

Stifling the guide’s publication was among steps that Romney and his aides took during his last year in office to distance the Republican governor from state programs designed to specifically support gays, lesbians, and bisexual and transgender people. His critics said it was part of an effort to court social conservatives as he prepared for his first campaign for president in 2008.

And Romney certainly understood  that LGBT people needed protection from bullying:

John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.

"He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.


  1. Paul R says

    You left out the part where he forcibly cut the other kid’s hair.

    I never want to hear a word about Romney in my life. But that is a dream that will never come true.

  2. TerryA says

    I think we have more than enough evidence to see what a Romney Presidency would be like. Unremittingly hostile towards LGBT Americans. Re-instatement of DADT. Continued defense of DOMA. A push for a Federal Marriage Amendment. Forget ENDA with Mitt Romney in the White House. Appointments of the absolute worst people in his administration…Family Research Council types. Paul referenced the horrible hair cutting incident. I’ve seen many dismissive reponses to it…”oh, we can’t judge people by what they did in high school”, etc. But I think that incident shows what Mitt Romney is all about, in his attitudes towards us.

  3. Dastius Krazitauc says

    “the words ‘bisexual’ and ‘transgender’, terms sure to get the negative attention of social conservatives he needed for his 2008 presidential run,”

    I don’t understand this. What about the words “gay” and “lesbian”? Do the social conservatives in Mass. approve of those words, but draw the line at “bisexual” and “transgender”? There is something missing from this story.

  4. says

    and this is going to make some of the braindead loser homosexual males among us think that “it’s bi and transpeople’s fault” that Romney the Stupid Mormon blocked it.

    so once again we have a grown adult man, who wants to run america, who shows that he’s incapable of understanding scientific and sociological realities and FACTS of human diversity, and yet he puts faith in an utterly stupid modern-addition to the bible in which Jesus came to america, spoke to some insane male cultists, and created a caste-system of a church.

    i n s a n e

  5. Francis says

    Sick, sick, sick. Simply goes to show how little Mitt, and conservatives in general, care of the livelihoods of LGBT citizens. So with that being known, we all have to get out to vote for Obama in November. Not doing so would be essentially turning your back against our communities’ well-being and place in society, now and in the future.