I have just watched the CNN video detailing the (nowadays labelled abusive)
'behavioural/masculinity' 'treatment' of the poor young fellow depicted.
I felt shocked watching this : I am lucky not to have experienced quite such a
'repressive' and 'regressive' normalising 'upbringing' : however, such a depiction
of such disgraceful 'treatment' of a four year old (HOW could they be so arrogant ?),
helps me understand more why I did feel confused for many years : however,
I'm lucky I grew up without quite such cruel treatment (I did experience much
bullying, and some outright cruelty as a child myself); and I'm lucky that I did
meet an openly gay man in 1979 (I met many before but they were never 'out')
( Bill regrettably died through HIV/AIDS) in 1979
– guess where he came out ? – yep in a Therapy group !
[ there's more to my own history, but here is not the time nor place ].
Only now (2013), does the Victorian Government FINALLY provide through
their 'Better Health Channel' some excellent FACT SHEETS on gay (male)
issues and that, I think, is ALL to the GOOD !
– for those seeking to educate health providers or (only) trusted relatives,
I recommend that (young or not-so-young) men DO look these resources up;
one HOPES that, over time, people like that Doctor (and one formerly based
at a now notorious sex-re-assignment Clinic in U. S. A.), fully realise how
THEY were manipulated by their culture of their time,
to 'normalise' (i.e. hetero-sexualise) every person in sight.
– best to NOT blame the individual, who thought what they were doing
was 'Christian' (it wasn't), yet to confront that whenever & wherever,
AS IF they had any right EVER to do so !
60 y. o. member.
P. S. I have worked with at least one young man whom I feel sure suicided for very
that very same reason (i.e. being gay was not acceptable THEN) (it IS!)