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July 21, 2005
Zach, Meet Eric

The Dork Report isn't the first one to reference that "But I'm A Cheerleader" movie when discussing Zach's situation, but the site did make me almost want to see the movie, just to see why everyone talks about it. He also brings up the case of another teen who has disappeared into the unsavory bowels of a "straight camp."

This youngster, "Eric" has been shipped off to "Exodus," a place that apparently still thinks being gay is a mental disorder, a school of thought that was debunked over 30 years ago (Officially. Some of us know before then it was just bigotry and fear.)

No amount of scripture, prayer or discredited and ineffective "therapy" can change who a person is. Ultimately, groups such as Exodus and the "treatments" imposed upon Zach and Erik by their parents will only be destructive, teaching them that the key to a happy and fulfilling life is self-hatred.

What this country needs, ultimately, is tolerance and respect afforded to everyone. In the meantime, parents such as Zach's and Erik's should learn how to put their personal beliefs aside and seriously listen to what their children have to say.

It's a pity that loving, caring for, and supporting your family aren't important values to these people. Especially these families.

Posted by AnneZook at 07:34 AM


The problem with "But I'm A Cheerleader" is it doesn't make up its mind about whether it is a comedy or a non-fictional account of something that actually happened. I've a feeling the writer of the screenplay, in real life, went through something like one of those camps, but then the directors or producers thought the movie should be a comedy, and tried to make it so. It's not funny enough to be watched as a comedy though, and its not real enough to be enjoyed as non-fiction.

Bad movie, in the end, though relevant to Zach's story since it is the only movie I know that shows one of those re-education camps in any detail.

Posted by: Lawrence Krubner at July 21, 2005 06:03 PM