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Republican House Leader Vows To Use ‘Power Of Humiliation’ To Undermine LGBT Program

The fifth-ranking House Republican took a shot at the LGBT community at a recent town hall, saying he wanted to use “the power of humiliation” to undermine a program that helps individuals who need substance abuse treatment.

Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), who at the same Oklahoma City meeting earlier this month blamed gun violence on “welfare moms”, took a question from a constituent irate about a program that counseled LGBT individuals with substance abuse problems. The woman accused the Substances and Mental Health Services Administration of “pushing the homosexual agenda” and “indoctrinating our citizens.”

Lankford agreed with the woman’s concern, vowing to open an investigation into the matter. “They love functioning in the dark,” the Oklahoma Republican said of the LGBT program, promising to use “the power of humiliation” to uproot it.

CONSTITUENT: I want to know if you’re aware of the Substances and Mental Health Services Administration that has a book called the Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Individuals.


CONSTITUENT: They are going around the nation, they just did this here in Oklahoma, December 7th, and having conferences that are educational. [...] About 2 percent of the conference is dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues. 98 percent is doing indoctrination or pushing the homosexual agenda. This is what our president is doing. He has a federal agency doing it. Our state, the Oklahoma Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department, put this conference on and is indoctrinating our citizens who are totally against this. Is there any way you can look into this?

LANKFORD: Oh yes, sure. You know I can absolutely get a chance to take a look at it. We’ll start the process, try to see what we can do to identify it. Some of those things you have the power of humiliation where you can raise it and put in sunlight. They love functioning in the dark. You put some sunlight on it, that does help. But, we’ll see. I’m glad to take that on.

The Susbstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s efforts have been critical in supporting LGBT people with problems ranging from substance abuse to bullying. Drug abuse factors can be far different for LGBT youth than straight youth, stemming in many cases from family rejection. Cutting the program, as Lankford seems to favor, would be devastating for already-underserved LGBT individuals.

Lankford has already earned an anti-LGBT reputation stemming from his past statements on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. ThinkProgress asked the congressman last year whether LGBT workers should be legally protected from workplace discrimination. Lankford shot down the proposal, calling homosexuality “a choice issue.”

by Anonymousreply 2201/24/2013

He looks absolutely cadaverous. Scarily so.

by Anonymousreply 101/23/2013

Horrible distortion and out-and-out hate speech. A disgrace.

by Anonymousreply 201/23/2013

These people are mentally ill. Sure he's not on drugs?

by Anonymousreply 301/23/2013

He got gayface for days!

by Anonymousreply 401/23/2013

That's EXACTLY what I was thinking, R4.

by Anonymousreply 501/23/2013

This guy will be caught competing in the mens shit house olympics at some ymca or airport.

Such a skeevie looking piece of waste.

by Anonymousreply 601/23/2013

The constituent pretending he attended a conference that was all gay people. He sat in his house hiding in the basement all during that conference for fear we were coming to get him.

by Anonymousreply 701/23/2013

From his complexion, he himself looks like he lives in darkness, clutching at the precioussss. The hand is straight out of the 'Bad Romance' video.

by Anonymousreply 801/23/2013

GingerMary should save her humiliation for the day she's caught with a dick up her ass.

by Anonymousreply 901/23/2013

[quote]The constituent pretending he attended a conference that was all gay people. He sat in his house hiding in the basement all during that conference for fear we were coming to get him.


by Anonymousreply 1001/23/2013

[quote]The fifth-ranking House Republican

Why is a nobody like this the 5th-ranking House Republican?

by Anonymousreply 1101/23/2013

I live in Oklahoma and we refer to him as an Oklahomophobe.

He is a joke outside his district.

by Anonymousreply 1201/23/2013

[quote]He is a joke outside his district.

Not if he's #5 in the House out of 200 some Republicans.

by Anonymousreply 1301/24/2013

How is he 5th? I always thought seniority but that isn't it. I can't find a link to the process used to decide this.

by Anonymousreply 1401/24/2013

I don't know, R14, but there's some difference between Seniority for positions, and your position within the Leadership itself.

For example, Rick Santorum, despite only being a 2-term Senator, had been able to move himself up to #3 or #4 in the Republican Senate leadership before he lost re-election.

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by Anonymousreply 1601/24/2013

horrible man in a horrible party

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by Anonymousreply 1801/24/2013

These people are complete MORONS! All one has to do is look at the publication date...George W. Bush was President when it was released.

Pub id: SMA12-4104 Publication Date: 1/2001 Popularity: 76 Format: Guidelines or Manual Audience: Professional Care Providers, Program Planners, Administrators, & Project Managers Population Group: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender

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by Anonymousreply 2001/24/2013

[quote]you have the power of humiliation where you can raise it and put in sunlight. They love functioning in the dark.


I wonder why this guy is so interested in humiliation? Is he trying to tell us something?

by Anonymousreply 2101/24/2013

If they are serious in their intent to humiliate us, I guess they are going to call us rethuglicans.

That would be the most humiliating thing they could do to me.

by Anonymousreply 2201/24/2013
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