Tim Wildmon, AFA President

Through their news blog, American Family Association is running a story titled: “CDC report: Homosexual lifestyle extremely violent”. American Family Association is an anti-gay Hate Group according to the SPLC. Looking at the blog’s RSS feed, AFA has pushed this story at 8:05 AM. 8:35 AM and 11:41 AM. Apparently they think that they have struck gold.

Not so fast. 

First of all the report, which was published in 2011, is based on data collected in 2010. Many things have happened over the last five years that would reduce stress. Violence is largely influenced by stress. In addition to marriage equality, gays are enjoying a tremendous increase in workplace equality.

Furthermore, this is lifetime experience. The summary does not distinguish between younger gays and older gays. The dynamics have changed considerably.

More importantly, this is an issue of selective observation. I can do that too. According to the report summary:

26% percent of gay men, 37% of bisexual men, and 29% of heterosexual
men experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner
at some point in their lifetime.

So gay men experience less intimate partner violence than heterosexual men. To be fair, if we remove rape, the report does show increased domestic violence among gay couples. The greatest differences are among bisexual men and women. I am not a social scientist. I choose not to share my inferences.

The full report and the state tables (there are six of those) provide a tremendous amount of data. Aside from being quite dated I lack the training in sociology to fully understand the numbers. For example, consider the table titled: Lifetime Prevalence of Sexual Violence Other Than Rape by Any Perpetrator by State of Residence— U.S. Women, NISVS 2010. This is all women (not just lesbians) and not limited to domestic violence. I plugged this into a spread sheet. Oregon (55%) and Alaska (58%) have the highest rates of violence. The US average is 45%. What does all of this mean?

There is a considerable difference depending upon where one lives. I further suspect considerable differences based upon age and economics. There is a reason that AFA is considered to be a hate group.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.