Conservatives may not like Diamond’s findings because they indicate heterosexuality is not fixed, but fluidity is one reason why pederasty has long-lasting effects. Sexually abused children may have sleep disturbances, eating problems, and a variety of psychological consequences. The National Center for PTSD notes that abused children often exhibit post-traumatic stress, which includes showing sexual behavior or seductiveness that is inappropriate for their age. Humans are overwhelmingly heterosexual, but sexually abused children may develop other sexual propensities.
Nancy Pearcey, author of Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality, has tracked Diamond’s presentations at academic gatherings since publication of Sexual Fluidity. At a Cornell event sponsored by LGBT and feminist groups, Diamond reported that among those who identify as homosexual, 40 percent of men and 48 percent of women reported sexual attraction to the opposite sex in the previous year.
Furthermore, 12 percent of gay men and 9 percent of lesbians reported having sex with someone of the opposite sex during the past year. This fluidity tracks with what the most-used liberal provider of sex education courses, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, reports: “People’s understanding of their gender identity may change over the course of their lifetimes.”
Diamond is a lesbian feminist who cannot be dismissed as a right-wing agitator, so her research provoked cognitive dissonance among gay publications. The Advocate, America’s oldest and largest LGBT publication, began one article in 2014, “A growing body of research indicates that for some people, sexual attractions change over time.” The Advocate then hastened to say that the research was “not an endorsement” of conversion therapy.
The research in Diamond’s Harvard book was on women, but she told The Advocate she is now “amazed by how much fluidity and variability men report as well.” (The Apostle Paul in Chapter 6 of 1 Corinthians observes that “men who practice homosexuality” are among those who will not “inherit the kingdom of God. … And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”)
“Conversion therapy” is a term that casts a wide net. One organization of those who believe change is possible, the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity, doesn’t like the term, since it suggests that one size may fit all: “Alliance therapists practice from a variety of mainstream approaches and models. What unites us is our adherence to scientifically confirmed practices and supporting the autonomy and the self-determination of our clients.”
The Alliance’s first guiding principle emphasizes choice: “Mental health clients have the right to explore, with the assistance of a supportive therapist, questions or issues in their lives that may be causing them concern or distress, and to participate in the setting of counseling goals that are compatible with their freely chosen personal or religious values.”
California is a “pro-choice” state on abortion, but one-party rulers are trying to eliminate choice in LGBT counseling. If gays or lesbians in California who want to change seek professional help, it appears they will soon have to head to back alleys. Government officials may decree that LGBT sexual orientation cannot change—and yet it moves. —Marvin Olasky
The WI/EQCA/legislator/governor pipeline is effective, and most California voters seem to support it and the Democratic Party. With the exception of two years (1995-1996), Democrats have controlled both legislative houses since 1970. Democrats are also financially dominant: From 2011 to 2016, California Democrats received $200 million in contributions and Republicans $97 million. The Democratic edge for the June 2018 primaries was 4 to 1: From Jan. 1 to May 19, the California Democratic Party spent $7.1 million, Republicans $1.8 million.
State Democratic Party convention delegates resolved last year to “condemn corporations and lobbyists that finance political campaigns, as they perpetuate a culture of corruption and cronyism,” but more than 25 percent of its 2016 state campaign contributions—$7.3 million—came from utility, telecommunications, and healthcare companies. Tribal gambling groups, oil companies (like Chevron), and insurance companies also contributed big money.
State legislators also score freebies. In a March 2018 article, the Los Angeles Times reported that Senate pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, accepted tickets to events and expensive dinners from Planned Parenthood. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, racked up free tickets to the Grammy Awards, Dodgers baseball, and USC Trojan games. Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, enjoyed a $5,000 trip to Bonn, Germany, from renewable energy lobbyist Energy Foundation.
These gifts came months after former California Sen. Ronald Calderon, D-Montebello, pleaded guilty to federal public corruption charges for taking over $150,000 in bribes. Calderon pocketed money from a Long Beach hospital owner to prolong a healthcare fraud scheme. He also took payments from undercover FBI agents posing as independent filmmakers wanting changes to the state’s film tax credit program.
Calderon was the second state Democratic senator to wander into the bureau’s public corruption net. Earlier in 2017, Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, was sentenced to five years in federal prison for bribery and racketeering charges—including an offer to smuggle weapons from the Philippines for undercover FBI agents. Yee’s arrest was part of an investigation into a San Francisco organized crime group run by Yee’s longtime associate, Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.
One-party rule is a California problem, but Republicans also face unwelcome publicity about gifts received. The Los Angeles Times noted that avid golfer and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, allowed a prison guards union to pay his greens fees at an exclusive course in Pebble Beach. The Times also reported that a foundation financed by Chevron, Tesoro, and Shell paid for a $12,291 trip to England and Ireland by former Minority Leader Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley. —J.L.