The Medical Risks of Homosexuality and The Values Voters Summit

Sexual revolutionaries consistently change the subject away from medical risks and back to their favorite topic: the hatefulness of anyone who brings them up.

By Jennifer Roback Morse Published on October 24, 2017

The breathless headlines from the main stream media announced that the nefarious Donald Trump spoke to those nefarious Values Voters. “Trump Just Spoke At An Event Where Guests Were Warned Of ‘The Hazards Of Homosexuality,” BuzzFeed informed its readers. “‘Hazards of Homosexuality’ Flier Distributed at Values Voter Summit” screamed the NBC News headline.

Dig down a bit, what you find is a big nothing burger. The “anti-gay” flyer advertised a book that warned of the medical risks associated with homosexual activity. Oddly enough, the main stream media had no comment on the accuracy of the contents of the book.

Mainstream Media and the Facts

BuzzFeed quoted Gregory T. Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBT group, “I’d expect nothing less from the wingnuts at MassResistance.” NBC News quoted Sarah Kate Ellis, president of GLAAD, which they described as a “media watchdog group”: “This morning, addressing a gathering of some of the most extreme anti-LGBTQ activists in the country, Trump once again legitimized hate speech.”

BuzzFeed couldn’t even get the title of the book right, calling it, The Hazards of Homosexuality, when the correct title is The Health Hazards of Homosexuality. Neither BuzzFeed nor NBC News quoted a single person denying a single point in the book, or the advertising flyer. Their stories were about the people who wrote or promoted the book. MassResistance authored it. Dr. Michelle Cretella of the American College of Pediatricians endorsed it. The Family Research Council organized the Values Voters Summit. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated all three organizations as “hate groups.”

Full disclosure: I too, am a certified hater, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. For the sake of argument, let’s take as a given that I am the meanest, most hate-filled person on the planet, and that my hatred is directed at sexual minorities.

Now that we have that out of the way, can we please discuss two serious questions: Is homosexual activity riskier than heterosexual activity? And if it is, does it matter?

Is Homosexual Activity Riskier than Heterosexual Activity?

As a certified hater, I’m friends with most of the other certified haters. I happen to have a copy of The Health Hazards of Homosexuality on my shelf. I’ve read it cover to cover. I have not checked out all 1,800 footnotes. But I am familiar with many of the references cited. Let’s look at a few topics, that can be easily checked with the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control.

Syphilis: the CDC reports that “MSM continued to account for the majority of Primary & Secondary syphilis cases in 2016 (Figures 35 and 36). Of 27,814 reported P&S syphilis cases in 2016, 16,155 (58.1%) were among MSM, including 14,553 (52.3%) cases among men who had sex with men only and 1,602 (5.8%) cases among men who had sex with both men and women (Figure 36).”

HIV: “At the end of 2014, among a total of 722,244 males (aged 13 years and older at year end 2014), 70% of HIV infections were attributed to male-to-male sexual contact.” Bear in mind: Men who have sex with men (MSM) account for about 2% of the population.

Anal Cancer: Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men are 17 times more likely to get anal cancer than heterosexual men. Men who are HIV-positive are even more likely than those who do not have HIV to get anal cancer.

The Grand Narrative

The “wingnuts at MassResistance” quoted figures like these in The Health Hazards of Homosexuality. Do these facts matter? If you are an ordinary person, trying to figure out what to do and what to think, yes, I should think these facts matter greatly to you.

Why marginalize people who publicize facts like these? Because these facts interrupt the Grand Narrative:

Sexual activity is an entitlement for anyone able to give meaningful consent. There is no down-side risk associated with any kind of sex for anyone, if they use a condom every time. And if something bad happens to you, you must not have used the condom correctly or consistently.

In other words, the problems you experience are your fault. The Grand Narrative must never be called into question.

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This is the same garbage Sexual Revolutionaries have been feeding straight women for years. Never mind the unwanted pregnancies or the STI’s or the broken hearts. Use a condom for “safer sex.” It’ll all be good. And anyone who connects the rather obvious dots between sexual activity and these outcomes, just hates you.

The Grand Narrative won’t work any better for gay men, than it has for us. Yes, of course, I am aware the gay men don’t experience unwanted pregnancies. They have other issues. Former gay porn star Joseph Sciambra reports on his experience with rectal incontinence. Not something most women have to deal with.

My point is this. Sexual Revolutionaries airbrush all the negative consequences out of the picture. They consistently change the subject away from these consequences and back to their favorite topic: the hatefulness of anyone who brings them up.

If you experience same sex attraction, you have choices beyond the Grand Narrative. Even if you have experienced same sex attraction all your life, so consistently that you think you must have been “born that way,” you still have choices about what to do, what to think, and how to describe yourself. The medical risks are not the result of stigma or “hate.” Anal sex is intrinsically risky, so much so, that the Surgeon General once declared it “simply too risky to practice.” Having large numbers of sexual partners increases the risks of STI’s. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not being truthful with you.

If you care about the health and well-being of sexual minorities, you should want them to have full information about the risks associated with various practices. That is what the headlines screaming about “hate” get wrong. And that is what the “wingnuts at MassResistance” get right.


Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., is Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, a global non-profit organization, dedicated to creating a mass social movement to end family breakdown. Visit at or

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  • Trilemma

    What are the health hazards of homosexuality for lesbians? Looks like the subject is really the health hazards of homosexual male sexual behavior.

    • Jennifer Roback Morse Phd

      Actually, the book has a couple of chapters on that as well. I just couldn’t do justice to all of it. Get the book!

      • Ali Khan

        Ms Jennifer, first of all, thank you for mustering the courage to speak out against the false narrative of this homsoexual propaganda. I would also like to inquire if there are chapters in the “The Health Hazards of Homosexuality” that have studies on lesbian health risks?

  • JP

    This kind of information needs to get out.

  • Kaz

    The CDC says that 1 in 6 gay men has HIV. Their type of sex is the equivalent of playing Russian roulette. They don’t seem to value their own lives or the lives of others.

  • James

    Sounds like the risks are from promiscuity combined with risky sexual practices, not homosexuality. Women would experience the same risks if they made the same choices in their relationships with men.

    Also, this article says nothing about lesbians.

    • Vince

      Lesbians’ rates of domestic abuse are double those of heterosexual couples. A woman is much more likely to suffer physical abuse from a lesbian than from a man.

    • Ronky

      “the risks are from promiscuity combined with risky sexual practices, not homosexuality”. YES. That’s exactly what the author is saying. That’s why pointing out this fact does not mean that she “hates” people who have homosexual feelings.

  • lucho gatica

    First. there is clear evidence homosexuals are born “that way”. Second. promiscuity whether is hetero or homo is a health risk.

    • Mo

      @ lucho gatica

      Where is it? Never once have I EVER gotten that evidence when I have asked for it in these types of discussions. And I have had many. Too many to count. Never once has ANYONE ever provided it. That’s because 1) it doesn’t exist and 2) you know it doesn’t exist.

      If this was factually true, then there would not be former homosexuals. There are, so there’s not.

      The crazy part is that homosexuals are “born that way” and can’t change, but people can magically change genders by just wishing it, sometimes even multiple times a day.

      Go spew your nonsense elsewhere.

    • Vince

      They keep saying “born gay,” but no one has ever shown me a gay baby. A 20yo saying “I was born gay” is not scientific proof of anything. That’s would a court of law would call “hearsay,” not substantial evidence.

  • Sduffy52

    What is MSM?

    • Mo

      @ Sduffy52

      Mainstream media

    • Trilemma

      Men who have sex with men (MSM).

      • Sduffy52

        Ohhhhh…. thanks!

  • Mo

    I’ve endlessly stated the facts and stats on this dangerous behavior. Never once has anyone actually addressed the (medical!) facts stated. I doubt anyone even bothers to read it. They just dismiss it out of hand, and then scream, call names, and spew profanity at anyone who dares state facts to them about their dangerous behaviors.

    Who are the bigots now?

  • Kaz

    Juicy little story on CBS news about an HIV-positive guy charged with sexually assaulting 42 kids:

    October 24, 2017, 11:47 AM
    Police: School aide tried to give students HIV, sexually assaulted more than 40

    LA PLATA, Md. – An HIV-positive former teachers’ aide and track coach in eastern Maryland has been charged with sexually abusing scores of children.

    A 206-count indictment returned against 30-year-old Carlos Deangelo Bell on Oct. 20 lists a total of 42 victims ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old. Included in the charges are five counts accusing him of attempting to transfer the HIV virus to victims, reports CBS radio affiliate WTOP.

    Bell was removed from his position at the middle school in December 2016 after authorities began investigating inappropriate texts allegedly sent to a student. But it took Maryland State Police several months to clear through a backlog at its computer forensics lab before the evidence of the assaults was discovered on Bell’s cellphones and he was arrested, authorities have said.

    Between the time Bell’s digital devices were seized by police in December 2016 and the time he was arrested in June 2017, Bell is accused of sexually exploiting three children and soliciting a fourth, according to a WTOP analysis of court documents.

    Bell is accused of recording some assaults on his cellphone over a nearly two-year period between May 2015 and June 2017. Some of the assaults took place on school grounds, according to the indictment. Police know the identities of 28 of the victims, but have not identified 14 victims who are covered in the indictment.

    Bell’s trial date has been set for Jan. 8, 2018. Charles County State’s Attorney’s Tony Covington has said he intends to seek a life sentence if Bell is convicted on the most serious charges.

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