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John Dehlin is a practicing Mormon … and an outspoken activist for LGBTQ rights. In this touching talk at TEDxUSU, John shares how a friendship with an openly gay coworker changed his views on homosexuality and led him to a career in psychology.
In his research, John looks at the complex, often-prickly relationship between religion and sexuality. Here, he shares some of his findings — heartbreaking statistics about how negative feelings toward sexuality and attempts to “fix” same-sex attraction inspire suicides and teen homelessness.
I mean, this is definitely well said but I wish he’d problematize “social justice battles that have already been fought and won” a bit further because it implies those issues are no longer in existence. Which would be wrong
this whole thing rubs me the wrong way: comparing queer/transphobia with racism and sexism, the fact that he implies those struggles are over (mentioned above), the fact that he’s a straight white cis guy taking up all the space, the fact that this speech implies that if queer didn’t conform to heteronormitivity (a phenomenon dubbed ‘homonormitivity’) that then you wouldn’t support them and that heterosexism/queerphobia is justified, and the fact that he just thoughts trans folks in there at the end as if they’re just another sexual identity and not something else entirely.
Disappointment all around and side-eye at everyone reblogging this.