Several of us were talking after last night’s PFLAG meeting in Manassas about the internet, and the resources and information available to parents there. I mentioned that I believe some of the best stuff on the net are the videos by John Corvino. No one else in the group was familiar with his work; and I realized I needed to fix that.
I am a big fan of reason. Call me crazy, but I firmly believe that relationships are strengthened and results are achieved when human being can talk calmly, rationally, and with conviction; without resorting to name calling, prejudice, and intimidation. That’s why I LOVE John Cornvino. If you’ve seen his videos, I bet you’re a fan too. If you don’t know who he is, you will soon.
I think Dan Savage is one of the most recognizable and vocal advocates for the LGBT community and for equality. His “It Gets Better” campaign alone made Dan Savage a household name. I like Dan. I listen to his podcasts weekly, and I admire and respect his work. In many, many ways, Dan says what needs to be said, and shines a spotlight on bigotry and hyprocracy. In fact, I often times find myself cheering when he gets on his soap box and puts the likes of the Family Research Council in its place. But many people are put off by Dan’s ‘in your face’ style. Dan says what he feels and means what he says, and doesn’t apologize for his language or his bluntness.
Corvino is the calmer voice of LGBT education and advocacy. Dr. John Corvino is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2012 Distinguished Professor of the Year Award from the Presidents’ Council of the State Universities of Michigan and a 2004 Spirit of Detroit Award from the Detroit City Council for his work on behalf of LGBT rights. Until 2011, his column “The Gay Moralist” appeared weekly at 365gay.com; he has also contributed to The Advocate, the LA Times, the Independent Gay Forum, the Huffington Post, The New Republic and the New York Times. No less committed to the fight for equality and fairness, Corvino’s style is less confrontational, devoid of name-calling, and presented in a straight-forward manner that’s easy to listen to.
Here’s a sample:
OK, so maybe not a “sensation”. But I bet you can see why I would recommend John’s YouTube channel as a resource.
Corvino has published two books, “Debating Same-Sex Marriage” (co-authored with Maggie Gallagher), and “What’s Wrong with Homosexuality?” In conjunction with those books, John has taped a series of YouTube presentations to talk about the arguments made by the anti-equality crowd. From a PLFAG standpoint, it’s those anti-equality arguments that are heard by families, friends, neighbors and co-workers that we need to be able to rationally respond to when encounter them. We need to be able to say to a struggling parent, “here’s how to respond to those statements.” Cornvino’s videos are excellent educational tools.
You can find John’s videos here: http://www.youtube.com/johncorvino.
Watch a few and see what I mean. Then most importantly, share these videos as a way to further engage your family and friends in discussion. Use them as tools in your tool chest, or weapons in your arsenal. People tell me all the time, “I don’t know what to say.” Well then, here’s what you can say. Use the points John makes to form your responses. Or, if you like, simply share the links and let him say it for you.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and reactions. Share a comment below, and tell us what you think.
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