Linda Harvey's New Anti-gay Book Pulled from Amazon

Linda_HarveyEarlier this week, we reported on anti-gay wingnut Linda Harvey’s new book Maybe He’s Not Gay, which was written to help youth “focus on the bright future they can all have, regardless of the turmoil of adolescents, which for some may include same sex attractions or gender confusion.”

The book’s description on Amazon further illustrated the dangerous message at its core:

 "I'm gay." As more and more young people announce this is their identity, it's time to take a closer look. It's a profound declaration, a new civil right (they are told) and it's "who you are." But there's a problem. Are we sure this is the truth? 

Does this identity bring the promised liberation and the key to a whole new life? Does it lift the burden of secrecy - or begin a different kind of struggle?

BookNow, thankfully, it appears as if Amazon has removed the book from its catalog. Will Kohler at Back2Stonewall writes:

After a few email’s this afternoon from this website and Amazon.com over who and what Linda Harvey is,  Amazon.com has decided to pull the Mission: America’s hate group leader’s latest anti-lgbt propaganda book ”Maybe He’s Not Gay”.  

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  1. "After a few email’s..." Seriously? Did Mr. Kohler not learn about apostrophe use in elementary school?

    Posted by: Kirby | Jan 2, 2014 12:31:26 PM


  2. I'm not afraid of hate literature, and hiding it won't make it go away. Let the bigots reveal themselves and let hate literature follow the authors beyond their graves.

    Posted by: Jeff Atwood | Jan 2, 2014 12:36:07 PM


  3. they should not remove it.

    Posted by: Karl | Jan 2, 2014 12:38:59 PM


  4. @Jeff and @Karl, couldn't agree more. This trend of trying to shut down people who express retrograde anti-gay views is going to backfire. It just allows them to claim martyr status. The anti-gay Right is increasingly cloaking itself in a "free speech" and "free religion" mantle which resonates powerfully with most Americans, and we are playing right along.

    The only antidote to hate speech is more speech. Let them crawl out from under their rocks and be shown for what they are.

    Posted by: Don W | Jan 2, 2014 12:44:59 PM


  5. I agree with Jeff Atwood (above).

    Let the marketplace of ideas take care of this. The idea of Amazon pulling books based on content is troubling - more troubling than a moron getting a book published.

    Posted by: Katy Anders | Jan 2, 2014 12:45:29 PM


  6. I agree also. Books should be published, no matter what their content. Readers will decide how it is received by using their own judgement.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 2, 2014 12:51:49 PM


  7. Linda Harvey isn't merely antigay, she's a hate-group leader who encourages violence and abuse.

    Reputable commercial retailers generally don't sell books on how to commit suicide or how to abuse children -- and this author, unlike other ex-gay proponents, is exceptionally abusive.

    Posted by: Mike Airhart | Jan 2, 2014 12:56:08 PM


  8. I'm a fierce advocate for freedom of the press--however, a book like Harvey's is tantamount to, and for all practical purposes advocating, child abuse. No child anywhere for any reason should *ever* be subjected to the dangerous and soul-killing tactics of "reparation therapy." This is yelling "fire" in a crowded theater.

    Posted by: Balancment | Jan 2, 2014 12:56:38 PM


  9. It wasn't so many years ago that books with positive portrayals of gay life were censored. Haven't we learned from our own history?

    Posted by: Don W | Jan 2, 2014 12:56:58 PM


  10. Those who bought ”Maybe He’s Not Gay” also bought "20 Ways to Tell if Your Husband is Gay" and "Why Does My Son Not have Girlfriend?". Buy all 3 and save $20!

    Posted by: anon | Jan 2, 2014 1:01:44 PM


  11. Listen you spineless apologists, if some morally bankrupt person really wants that book they can just go to that sick puppy's website and get it.

    Posted by: M2 | Jan 2, 2014 1:06:14 PM


  12. The Kinsey scale is evidence that no one is 100% straight or gay. There are people who have emotional homosexual tendencies that are dominant, but the physical tendencies are not. Simply put, there are varying degrees of sexuality for each individual. Some of the extreme left want everyone to support their agenda. It seems that the majority of people want to hear both sides and make their own decisions. Let the book be distributed, not banned, and each can decide based on the merits of the content.

    Posted by: Neil | Jan 2, 2014 1:13:05 PM


  13. M2 is 100% right. So Amazon pulled the book from their shelves? So what! Nobody's telling the publisher it cannot be offered for sale.

    Like the stupid Duck Dynasty thing, you are free to say and publish what you want, but you are not guaranteed a PR agent, a publisher, or a retailer to help you get your word out.

    Posted by: Jack | Jan 2, 2014 1:14:33 PM


  14. oh lord... http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/linda-harvey

    she has page after page after page.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Jan 2, 2014 1:16:01 PM


  15. "It seems that the majority of people want to hear both sides and make their own decisions."

    where to start...

    I believe people have heard "both" sides for 100s and 100s of years. But continue in with your false equivalency.

    Lets just review some of the "other side" that happened in the last century and is still happening today.

    Gays could be hung for being gay. You could be jailed for being gay. You could be forced to go thru chemical castration, be subjected to electro shock, be forced to have aversion therapy, lobotomized. You couldn't be a teacher or work in the government. You weren't fit to raise children. Your were diseased or mentally ill. You wanted to pervert and rape children. Should I go on?

    The point to this book is not to help kids. Its to justify the prejudice of parents so its ok to send their kids off to straight camp or have them exorcized for demons.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Jan 2, 2014 1:31:48 PM


  16. I for one, am happy that corporations are becoming more responsible about hate speech. The RWNJs cannot holler free speech unless the government abridges that constitutional right. They cannot holler when private business does so.

    Posted by: Mykelb | Jan 2, 2014 1:35:30 PM


  17. Tough issue, hateful opinions versus censorship, where is the fine line?

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jan 2, 2014 2:08:54 PM


  18. 1) To those who say this book should be offered on Amazon without opposition: Do you similarly contend that hardcore porn mags should be offered in the checkout lanes at Target, K-Mart, Safeway etc. Or does the "market" in the form of protesting parents, who are also consumers, work that out?

    2)Was this passage accurately re-presented: "...regardless of the turmoil of adolescents..."?

    Or can we assume that Linda Harvey meant 'adolescence' but was too stupid and illiterate to know the difference?

    I'm going with the latter.

    Posted by: Hinda Larvey | Jan 2, 2014 2:08:59 PM


  19. Mike Airhart: Exactly, this is not only an antigay book, is from someone who is not qualified to write a psycological book, that could make a lot of harm.

    No respectable retailer wants to be associated with what a hate group leader wants to say.

    She can sell the book in other retailers it's as simple as that.

    It seems there are a lot of people here to have fear to protest. They don't want the bigots to get upset.
    And frankly, i don't undertand this, because the bigots are going to hate you anyway.

    And i'm tired of treating equaly both postures. One is about the getting rights, and the other is people with those rights that don't want other people to have the same rights.

    It's like the throwing your sexuality on our thoats, nobody it's trowing you anything at all, you can watch in other direction if you don't want to see.

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 2, 2014 2:12:04 PM


  20. Hinda, your analogy is flawed. The two scenarios are not the same. For one thing, Amazon does not sell hardcore porn, but porn is available to those adults who wish to purchase it.

    If you have questions regarding comments against removing the book from Amazon's stock, please read Ray Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit 451.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 2, 2014 2:14:52 PM


  21. I've never heard of this book, and wouldn't have if not for this post. Why give this hateful book more publicity than it should. In addition banning books is what the Nazis did, silencing your enemies only means you can't see who they are.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Jan 2, 2014 2:14:55 PM


  22. This book should be widely and easily accessible. If major retailers don't sell it, the ugly thing will circulate via less reputable sources and the selling point will be that it was "banned" which will increase its appeal among the gullible.

    I think there is legitimate concern about kids who may proclaim that they are queer in some sense right now, then decide later that they are not. The fluidity of sexual feelings and identity is like a lab test that produces a certain number of false positives. People may feel certain about their identity at some point and follow the newly-opened paths to declare themselves on one "side" or the other. When they recognize that they were mistaken, help must be available to get them back to here they want to be. That help is not the same as the "healing" therapy that blights lives but oompassionate guidance toward a place where someone wants to be without guilt, recrimination or stigma. LGBetc Absolutists are as short sighted sometimes as the other side.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Jan 2, 2014 2:18:06 PM


  23. While some are busy celebrating the removal of an anti-gay book from Amazon's shelves, the author of "The Anarchist Cookbook", William Powell, is trying to get its publisher to stop printing and selling the book (http://goo.gl/nsAee5), which is still available on Amazon (http://goo.gl/Lr6ZsA).

    From the article: "It was an accessory in the arsenal of Karl Pierson, the student who opened fire last week inside a Colorado high school, leaving one girl in a coma before taking his own life." "Police have linked it to the Croatian radicals who bombed Grand Central Terminal and hijacked a TWA flight in 1976; the Puerto Rican separatists who bombed FBI headquarters in 1981; Thomas Spinks, who led a group that bombed 10 abortion clinics in the 1980s; Timothy McVeigh, who bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995; the Columbine High School shooters of 1999; and the 2005 London public transport bombers."

    "Just in the last two years, law enforcement has tied the volume to Arizona shooter Jared Loughner, the Boston Marathon bombers, and at least a half dozen alleged terrorists and school shooters."

    The author wrote the book when he was 19, in 1971, and is trying to get the publisher to stop printing it, with no success. Which is the more dangerous book? Which will/has caused the most harm? Does it matter?

    No. If we advocate banning books or pulling them from bookstore shelves and library collections, we stand on an incredibly slippery slope. For example, Anne Rice's erotica, "The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy", was pulled from library shelves. 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of "The Front Runner", by Patricia Nell Warren; it has also been subjected to removal from libraries. Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" miniseries was blacklisted at some local PBS stations around the country.

    Freedom of expression has to be available to everyone or the danger is that it is not available when most needed.

    I'll leave you with a pertinent quote from Noam Chomsky: "If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."

    Posted by: Charles in Chicago | Jan 2, 2014 2:18:09 PM


  24. For all the imbeciles going on about freedom of expression and free speech,Amazon are simply exercising their right not to be associated with vile hate speech. The Harvey cow is free to say whatever it wants, but there is no protection against the consequences of that speech. Bravo Amazon!


    Posted by: Molc | Jan 2, 2014 2:51:31 PM


  25. For all the imbeciles going on about freedom of expression and free speech,Amazon are simply exercising their right not to be associated with vile hate speech. The Harvey cow is free to say whatever it wants, but there is no protection against the consequences of that speech. Bravo Amazon!


    Posted by: Molc | Jan 2, 2014 2:51:31 PM


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