Anti-gay quack invited to Moldova to weigh in on proposed gay rights law

How embarrassing for Moldova.  Even the American anti-gay groups won’t touch Paul Cameron with a ten foot poll, he’s that discredited.  But not the former Soviet republic of Moldova.  They don’t just have Cameron coming, they’ve also had a known Holocaust revisionist and hate group leader visit them to talk about gay rights as well. And you’d want to think a former Soviet state might have issues with Holocaust revisionism – they did after all fight the Nazis pretty horrifically in WWII.  But apparently not.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, America’s premiere organization for tracking hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists, has much more on Moldova’s embrace of these far right nuts.

Paul Cameron, a virulently anti-gay and roundly discredited psychologist whose membership in the American Psychological Association (APA) was revoked in the early 1980s amid an investigation that he violated professional ethics, is on his way to Moldova next week to speak against proposed anti-discrimination legislation that would protect LGBT people. The legislation will be voted on at the end of this month. It’s the third time in the past three years that Cameron will visit the country. Angela Frolov, head of GenderDoc-M, Moldova’s main LGBT rights group, told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that Cameron addressed university students on his first two visits, in 2008 and 2009.

Cameron was invited this time by an organization called the Alliance to Save the Family in Moldova, which refers to him as a “U.S. sociologist.” Cameron did try to be a sociologist after the APA banned him, but the American Sociological Association formally disassociated from him in 1986 in a resolution stating that he is not a sociologist and that the association “condemns his consistent misrepresentation of sociological research.” The Nebraska Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association also adopted resolutions that disassociate themselves from Cameron’s research and his claims about LGBT people and sexuality.

Nevertheless, the Moldovan organization that has invited him says he “will share the U.S. experience in implementing anti-discrimination legislation” and there will be a roundtable discussion with representatives from various parliamentary committees, ministries and “other institutions of the state.”


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