By Jonathan Kay
Mar 21, 2011
Like all mainstream media web sites that allow users to comment on published stories, CBC.ca reserves the right to delete “offensive” comments. This apparently includes use of the term “same-sex attraction disorder” to refer to the condition otherwise known as being “gay.”
I know this because a Halifax-based Kevin McDonald has been writing to news editors and reporters across Canada with his complaints about the CBC policy.
Back in February, McDonald wrote a short entry in the comment section under a CBC story about Canadian Olympian Mark Tewksbury, in which he referred to Tewksbury as being afflicted with “same-sex attraction disorder” (SSAD). When that comment was deleted, McDonald complained to the CBC through its ombudsman’s office, arguing that his use of the SSAD term is legitimate because “people can and do leave the homosexual lifestyle with therapy,” and “thousands [of people] leave the gay lifestyle every year.” In response, he got a note from a CBC moderator who explained as follows:
We appreciate that this is an issue that you feel strongly about. Certainly, you are entitled to your opinion that the term “same-sex attraction disorder” is acceptable. But as you will also be aware the notion that homosexuality is a “disorder” is not recognized by any mainstream medical or mental health organization. Indeed, the American Psychological Association and all other major national health organizations have expressed concerns that therapy promoted to modify sexual orientation is neither safe nor effective. To suggest that homosexuality is a “disorder”, a “malady”, as you wrote, is not only without scientific basis, but considered to be needlessly offensive.
In response to this, McDonald has unleashed a wave of email upon Canadian journalists, declaring that “Canada’s public broadcaster is imposing a particular ideology (the idea that homosexuality is only ever normal behavior) about an ongoing, unsettled social controversy and excluding any dissent of that opinion.”