Fag Hating Families Cause Much Distress
Diamond, G., Shilo, G., Jurgensen, E., D’Augelli, A., Samarova, V., & White, K. (2011). How Depressed and Suicidal Sexual Minority Adolescents Understand the Causes of Their Distress Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 15 (2), 130-151 DOI: 10.1080/19359705.2010.532668
In the contentious debate surrounding why us fags are as mad as hell, too much positivist logic thrusts all that madness back upon individual sufferers when, as we might have always suspected, the bulk of the maddening comes from the multiple traumas inflicted by harsh and unreasonable families, friends, peers and others. So much time and energy that is currently being wasted trying to pin down the pathological basis of homosexuality would, as Diamond et al. (2011) infer here, be better spent sorting out fucked-up families and the like for whom the assault of abandonment is executed with the doubly weird twist of acting as though they, the perpetrators, are actually the ‘most’ aggrieved. You know, how when families ‘discover’ that their little Johnny or Mary is as bent as a reed in a gust and thereafter they need continual affirmation of the struggle into which they have been plunged. Me thinks that instead of getting distressed, planning suicide or doing drag under duress, young fags everywhere should revolt against their family as my cat does whenever she gets stressed. That is, she just vomits.
Some homage is due here, no doubt, for Laing, Esterson and Szasz, who among other brilliant minds told us all those years ago that madness really does ‘run’ in families…