A flier was distributed at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on Friday that promoted a book titled The Health Hazards of Homosexuality.
Donald Trump spoke at the anti-LGBT conference, making him the first sitting president in the history of the United States to do so.
Trump received a standing ovation at the summit, which was organized by the Family Research Council (FRC). According to its website, the FRC “does not consider homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism as acceptable alternative lifestyles or sexual ‘preferences’; they are unhealthy and destructive to individual persons, families and society.”
BuzzFeed editor David Mack tweeted a photo of a pamphlet that was distributed on the first day of the three-day D.C. gathering. The flier was given out to attendees at the gathering in complimentary tote bags that also included a sticker saying, “I don’t believe the liberal media.”
The president is addressing the Values Voter Summit today. Here's what they're giving guests in a swag bag: "The Hazards of Homosexuality" pic.twitter.com/eRufvSncc0
— David Mack (@davidmackau) October 13, 2017
“The sexual revolution and mainstreaming of homosexuality have created a public health crisis affecting us all,” The Health Hazards of Homosexuality flyer reads.
MassResistance, a Massachusetts based group that identifies itself as “a pro-family activist organization that educates people to help them confront the attacks on the traditional family” on its website, created the fliers to promote the book by its founder, Bryan Camenker.
According to the book’s preface, it “aims to alert the public — especially young people and their parents — on the serious physical and physiological health dangers inherent in adopting a ‘gay,’ lesbian or bisexual (GLB) identity.”
The book’s Amazon page further refers to the “the baneful nature of homosexuality and its associated addictions and behaviors that invite disease.”
Topics explored in the book include, “Why homosexuality is a public health issue, and not just a private issue”; “The mental health issues: depression, anxiety, suicidality, substance use, partner abuse, and BDSM (bondage/sexual sadomasochism)”; “Why homosexuals have shortened lifespans, chronic conditions, lower quality of life”; “The psychological and medical issues of transgenderism”; and “Child abuse: interventions supporting ‘transgender’ identities in youth.”
It also claims homosexuality is a mental disorder and the truth is being suppressed by “the homosexual lobby and their allies,” including the “radicalized” entertainment industry, media and educational establishments.
LGBTQ advocate groups condemned Trump’s appearance at the summit. “This morning, addressing a gathering of some of the most extreme anti-LGBTQ activists in the country, Trump once again legitimized hate speech and vowed, again and again to write discrimination into law by pushing laws focused on religious exemptions,” Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, said in a statement.