Steven Negron
The bewildered Steven Negron

Republicans offer a difficult choice when it comes to LGBT views. Many are cynical panderers to the religious right in order to get elected. That doesn’t excuse their abhorrent behavior — I am just exploring the taxonomy. Another group of GOPers are stunningly stupid. These are the incurious cranks and crackpots who have no interest in science.

New Hampshire Rep. Steven Negron is in the latter group. Negron is currently running for Congress to represent the state’s second district. Democrat Annie Kuster is the incumbent and Negron’s general election opponent.

New Hampshire has banned juvenile conversion therapy. Negron claims that he did not vote for that but as Zack Ford points out, he was absent and did not vote at all. The ban was signed into law by New Hampshire’s Republican Governor Chris Sununu proving that there are some GOPers who are neither cynics nor idiots. It is a rare breed but it does exist in the wild.

Mr. Negron has some interesting opinions including:

I believe that’s something that — when you look at these young children that are trying to make a decision — and I remember when I was 15-16, I was confused. I had a lot of options in my life.

I hate to be the one to break this to you Steven but you remain dreadfully confused. Sexuality is not something that is optional.

Then there is this gem:

I think we need to be able to help them understand what it is, give them all the right information and let them get the treatment that they need to make sure they understand what the situation is. And I think parents have a huge role in that as well, so that’s why I think we should be able to help them.

I confess that I am not fully familiar with that dialect of batshit but it seems obvious that Negron has been short-changed in his education, Apparently he is saying that some form of treatment will cause teens to understand their sexuality in order to make informed choices. Then he is saying (I guess) that parents need the right information to change their kids from LGBT to non-LGBT. Or is he suggesting that parents caused the kid to be LGBT in the first place?

Mr. Negron not only believes in conversion therapy; he is promoting conversion therapy.

For the record it is the overwhelming consensus of science that conversion therapy is ineffective and potentially harmful. Hopefully this schmuck will not be successful in his campaign.

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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.