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Florida Family Association: Lady Gaga is tricking kids into being gay

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch
Thursday, July 19, 2012

The one-man outrage outlet better known as the Florida Family Association is up in arms over a new partnership between Office Depot and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, including a $1 million donation.

The FFA, led by David Caton, is demanding that Office Depot rescind the donation since Gaga’s Born This Way message, which isn’t so much a claim about sexuality as a celebration of individuality, is sending an “irresponsible message to many teens who would have eventually chose to be straight.”

“Thousands of kids who might have otherwise worked through their pubescent sexual identity issues will be inspired to accept the wrong choice based upon this unscientific, emotionally charged born this way propaganda,” the FFA writes. “What’s brave or kind about telling thousands of sexually frustrated teens that they were born this way when a high percentage of them would have ended up taking the straight heterosexual path for life?”

Thousands of kids who might have otherwise worked through their pubescent sexual identity issues will be inspired to accept the wrong choice based upon this unscientific, emotionally charged propaganda.

What’s brave or kind about telling thousands of sexually frustrated teens that they were Born This Way when a high percentage of them would have ended up taking the straight heterosexual path for life?

Please urge Office Depot to rescind their one million dollar pledge to Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation.

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Born this Way sends an irresponsible message to many teens who would have eventually chose to be straight. The one million dollar pledge from Office Depot to the Lady Gaga Born this Way Foundation will influence many teens to embrace homosexuality for their lifetime who may have otherwise worked through their crisis with straight results.

GovTeen Network’s Puberty101.com states: “It is normal for teens to experiment with same-sex friends, and does not necessarily mean that you’re gay. Most often, you’re not.”

There is no scientific evidence that anyone is born this way (gay.) The American Psychiatric Association wrote the following information in a May 2002 article titled “Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Fact Sheet,” published on its website Psych.org: “No one knows what causes heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality.’

Thousands of kids who might have otherwise worked through their pubescent sexual identity issues will be inspired to accept the wrong choice based upon this unscientific, emotionally charged born this way propaganda.

What’s brave or kind about telling thousands of sexually frustrated teens that they were born this way when a high percentage of them would have ended up taking the straight heterosexual path for life?

I urge Office Depot to rescind their one million dollar pledge to Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation.

My future patronage of Office Depot depends upon your response.

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89 more reader comments:

  1. Yeah right

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:43pm
  2. lol

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:43pm
  3. Yay! We need more gay people!

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:43pm
  4. now thats a crock right there ….

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:43pm
  5. are you FKN kidding me… leave it to FL!

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:44pm
  6. THEY MAD BRO

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:44pm
  7. She’s a tricky hermaphrodite…luring boys and girls into her nether regions!

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:44pm
  8. this is crazy..soo not true

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:44pm
  9. That’s not how it works! OMG! You cannot “trick” someone into their sexual orientation. Uneducated, ignorant people irritate me.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:44pm
  10. crazy

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:44pm
  11. so in my day i guess it wuz Madonna’s fault…….;o)

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:45pm
  12. Homophobes are so stupid. I can’t even absorb this.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:45pm
  13. Florida has it’s own issues and can’t wait to blame someone else for something to take the attention off their fricken issues.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:45pm
  14. I dont believe that, but she does feed off of the gay community. Not in a bad way

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:46pm
  15. i love her magical powers of gayness lol. All hail the great and powerful Lady Gaygay:):):)

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:46pm
  16. ok so being gay is not a choice and as much as I can’t stand gaga… How in the f**k can you “trick” someone into something thats not a choice????? people get stupider every day!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:46pm
  17. Pretty neat trick.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:46pm
  18. LMAO! I can always count on Florida for a good laugh!

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:46pm
  19. did…did he say that you chose to be straight right at the begining of that? well i’m glad I never had to make that choice…

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:48pm
  20. hahahaha, one doesn’t just fall into a lady gaga gay trap..

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:48pm
  21. The more the merrier?

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:48pm
  22. omg!!! u cant turn anyone gay!!! u were either born that way or not!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:48pm
  23. What a stupid ass group why don’t they keep there mouth shut cause they sound like idiots

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:49pm
  24. I think bigots are getting desperate for reasons to hate gays..

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:49pm
  25. bullshit

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:49pm
  26. I knew it was her all along. I’m sending her a hefty law suit now.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:49pm
  27. Funny how I knew in 1985 I was gay yet Lady Gaga wasn’t born until 1987. hmm wonder how this happened???

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:49pm
  28. Florida Family Association please show us the evidence or should Lady Gaga ask you for it in court !!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:50pm
  29. Nothing shocks me any more. These people are wingnuts and they can just go to hell for all I care.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:51pm
  30. Ah yes, Florida homophobes sounding the alarm…stop the presses they found the center of the Gay Universe!!! Fucking idiots.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:51pm
  31. I used the FFA’s website to send my own letter THANKING Office Depot for it’s support. I’m sure FFA had intercepted the letter and deleted it because I didn’t tell them what I was “supposed” to tell them, BUT…FFA messed up and put the email address on the site of the “higher ups” of Office Depot. I used that information to send the letter! You can also go to twitter and send Office Depot a “Thank you” from there!

    https://twitter.com/officedepot

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:51pm
  32. Yeah, just like Rush Limbaugh is tricking people into being straight! WTF!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:51pm
  33. GIVE ME A BREAK……!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:52pm
  34. i cant wait to see the looks on their faces when we win the fight for equality

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:53pm
  35. I could turn their own argument right against them by saying,”Well,all Straight singers are trying to make LGBT people Straight.”

    Fucking dumbass bigots.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:54pm
  36. I’m cringing with embarrassment to live in FL

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:55pm
  37. wow leave it to the state tht makes oranges to blame all gays from coming from one person lady gaga must be the gays jesus lmfao

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:55pm
  38. people like this reeeeeeeally piss me off. >:[

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:56pm
  39. Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:56pm
  40. Wow Gaga is turning people gay now??

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:57pm
  41. that is bunch of bullshit. you can turn people gay. they need to get a life

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:00pm
  42. get over it. if kids cant exprees or be who thye really are we might aswell go back to slavery. because live in fear and hiding from who u really are is being held captive I should know I am a lesbian and proud of it.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:01pm
  43. Better to be happy & gay than AMA!

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:05pm
  44. Is this guy one of the founders / officers / friends of Chik-fil-A?

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:06pm
  45. If Lady Gaga is tricking kids into being gay, who is tricking them into being straight?

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:09pm
  46. That’s so stupid I was raised by heterosexuals and I turned out gay this is stupid.. I love men because I think they’re beautiful and attractive

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:10pm
  47. oh please

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:11pm
  48. i hate living in florida… my parents are straight and so are my brothers. I was surrounded by heterosexuals. I never had any gay friends until i got into high school, i just knew i liked girls. This dude is stupid.. ugh.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:13pm
  49. this is a bunch of b.s. if they actually listened to the song they’d know that it means being happy for who u r whether ur black,white, asian, lesbian, bi, etc. listening to that song won’t turn u gay. i’ve listened to it several times and i’m still straight as a ruler. so unless they have some sort of proof to justify that they can take their words and shove it where the sun don’t shine.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:13pm
  50. Florida Family Association, please take your erroneous views and shove it up your associating ass.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:15pm
  51. Wtf tricking? Ok…..

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:16pm
  52. Hmmm he must be onto something here.. considering that homosexuality has been around for longer than the bible.. maybe lady gaga is actually a billion year old alien, and has been tricking kids to be gay since the dawn of time?

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:21pm
  53. Here we go again!!! Can the FFA come out with something more original? Next! :D

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:22pm
  54. Yes this is bullshit. I was born this way means so much more then what slander it is getting. I was born to fly as well but I am glad I dont follow super man because then I would be dead. Lady Ga Ga had a dream to help this community because she believed in it. Who else has tried to help. Really tell me??????? The government ?????? Most of us do not have equality and fight for it. Shes has SAVED LIVES through her message what more do people want. ITS A JOKE

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:23pm
  55. Yeah and the Fathers of the Florida Family Association workers raped their sisters at gun point and thats why they were born. They are mad at the world because mommy and daddy are brother and sister. Cant they just play the banjo and smile through their missing teeth like most people in their position?

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:23pm
  56. These bigots are turning to every fucking nonhomophobic person to blame homosexuality for existing. It’s unbelievable. Turning people gay by singing accepting lyrics? I guess Gaga also turned people black. Funny how singing about love and acceptance is terrible to these morons, whereas these rappers can advertise drugs, alcohol, and sex to minors. Hmm, who’s the bad one there?

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:25pm
  57. Lady Gaga is awesome; I don’t care who you are!

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:27pm
  58. thats fucked up

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:34pm
  59. A choice to be straight? Since when?! I would have gladly choosen to be straight and not have to deal with the hiding, social ostracization and intense self-loathing that is part of my life every day if it was possible to choose my sexual orientation. What asshats. Florida though so, such asshattery is to be expected.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:51pm
  60. yep… its what happened to me…. oh wait, i was gay before there was a Gaga… oh well

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 10:01pm
  61. WoW. What power.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 10:17pm
  62. WoW!!! What a bunch of idiots!

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 10:22pm
  63. Asshattery indeed!!! :-)

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 10:23pm
  64. cher tricked me…

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 10:38pm
  65. In the 80′s, the Mormons blamed Boy George going so far as to take his records off their shelves….I guess everything goes round in circles only now it’s Lady GaGa and Florida. I can’t wait till being gay becomes a non-issue.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 10:43pm
  66. Your either straight or gay, simple as that.. For these people to say that Lady Gaga is “tricking others into being gay” is absolute bullshit.. Its thru her music & actions that she’s trying to help & teach those who are gay not to be ashamed of themselves & embrace their sexuality.. She is a SUPERSTAR

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 10:46pm
  67. You know, I often say homophobes make me laugh when really they just make me wanna rip my hair extensions out. … But here, they made me laugh in all sincerity.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 10:47pm
  68. I’m listening to her right now, ironically. lol

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 11:16pm
  69. Because surely Lady Gaga is as persuasive as Ozzy Osbourne and his teen suicide mission! What will they come up with next, Bert and Ernie as gay lovers? Oh wait… Done it. Stupid phobes.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 11:18pm
  70. And Marilyn Manson caused Columbine.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 11:28pm
  71. And it’s illiterate, too! When I was a kid in Florida they had these great alligator farms where you could go watch the alligators being fed. I say feed this asshole to the gators and make Florida a brighter, sunnier place. Just suggestin’. . .

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 11:36pm
  72. The FFA also makes false claims about TV programs that feature LGBT characters and tries to get sponsors to pull. They are not nearly as successful as they want people to believe.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 11:52pm
  73. As if it were that easy…it astonishes me, but it comes from the extreme Right, do no surprise

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:11am
  74. 99% of gay men were born that way. The other 1% got sucked into it.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:11am
  75. i rarely say this but… ROFL

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 12:26am
  76. What next?

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:42am
  77. Uh, sure. And I am the Queen of the Nile! All those lyrics say it that it is ok to accept yourself as you are, and be proud and happy as you are. If one changes, it should always be for the better, and not just because some doofus doesn’t like how you live your life. Which, by the way, is YOUR life.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:09am
  78. The Florida Family Association is full of shit.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:20am
  79. Old guys too, I can’t get it up for her so I must be gay too.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:29am
  80. Audrey Hepburn was my first celebrity crush. I guess that means she tricked me into being gay. :D

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 4:24am
  81. this guy is a dush. u cant trick any one into being gay your eather gay or str8 ITS NOT A FREEKIN CHOICE… really do u think we would choose to go through all the hate, people who look down on us, discrimination and HATE yea I said hate twice really being gay is amazeing part of my life shoot it is my life I did not choose this but I embraced who I am and what I stand for… You should be lucky to have love in your life no matter who it is I know alot of people out there single and sad…. why live like that????

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 5:06am
  82. I really don’t see office Depot giving one effing crap about losing this douche’s patronage. Just sayin’.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 5:15am
  83. i just knew she was trouble….LOL…goood greeeeeeffff….its all good people….the truth always wins out when people try to manipulate like this….we love u gaga…>3

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 5:47am
  84. Really???????? They must be good friends with Michelle Bachmann……..

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:39am
  85. LMAO: Go LGBTQRSUVWXYZ Nation!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:41am
  86. Seriously!?!?! Lol people are so fucking stupid

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 8:47am
  87. That is ridiculous. You are either gay or you are not. It has nothing to do with her.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 9:05am
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    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 11:17am
  89. So many idiots, so little time

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 11:26am