Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Military LGBT group weighs in

Posted by on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM


click to enlarge Cadets march on the terrazzo with the Cadet Chapel in the background. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Cadets march on the terrazzo with the Cadet Chapel in the background.
As we reported yesterday, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has issued a letter to the Air Force Secretary seeking the immediate dismissal of Mike Rosebush from the Air Force Academy, where he works in the Center for Character and Leadership Development.

We just received this news release from a national group representing LGBT military spouses and families, which also is up in arms over Rosebush, about whom we wrote a story that appears in today's edition.

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation’s premier resource and support network for LGBT military spouses and their families, released the following statements today regarding the employment of Dr. Mike Rosebush by the U.S. Air Force Academy. Dr. Rosebush has spent a lifetime devoted to advocating the pseudoscience that homosexuality is something that can and should be "cured." Such a practice is uniformly dismissed as harmful and unscientific by organizations such as the American Psychological Association and other respected medical and social work organizations.

"Hiring a man committed to such a destructive pseudoscience in a position devoted to developing character and leadership in cadets is simply unconscionable," said Stephen Peters, president of the American Military Partner Association. "It is extremely disrespectful and offensive to not only the gay and lesbian cadets at the academy, but the thousands of gay and lesbian service members and their families proudly serving our nation."

"As one of the original founders of Exodus, and a close follower of the 'Ex-gay' movement for over 30 years, I can personally attest to the great harm done by 'reparative therapy' and 'ex-gay' programs," said Michael Bussee, one of the ex-gay reparative therapy survivors and most vocal critics. "They promote junk science, religious prejudice and shame, and have done immeasurable harm to countless LGBT individuals and their families. It is deeply disturbing that a leading U.S. military institution should have anything to do with these unscientific and destructive 'therapies.'"

The American Military Partner Association (AMPA), a non-partisan and non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Washington, D.C., is the nation’s premier resource and support network for LGBT military spouses and their families. Founded and led by same-sex military partners in 2009 as the Campaign for Military Partners, AMPA is committed to connecting, supporting, honoring, and serving the partners and spouses of America’s LGBT servicemembers and veterans.

No word from the Pentagon or the academy in the wake of this story. We've put in a few questions to the Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, a 1976 academy grad who served as commandant of cadets at the academy from 1999 to 2001. We'll update if and when we hear anything from his office.

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