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Robert Oscar Lopez: “It Gets Better” Project Spread HIV Among Young Boys

October 23, 2013 4:22 pm ET by Carlos Maza

Anti-gay activist Robert Oscar Lopez blamed the “It Gets Better” project for allegedly causing a spike in HIV infections among young men, claiming that the anti-suicide effort actually encouraged gay teens to have “predatory sex with older men.”

In an October 21 post on his personal blog, Lopez repeated his favorite ant-gay canard – that gay men recruit young boys into homosexuality by sexually abusing them and turning them gay. Lopez cited the tragic story of Tyler Clementi, the college student who took his own life after being secretly videotaped kissing another man, as evidence of the gay community’s alleged pedophilia problem:

They say that male-male statutory rape isn't actually gay, because gay men don't do those kinds of things; men who molest teenage boys are really some other sexual orientation they don't want to accept as part of the gay community.

But I discussed this in past articles as it related to the Tyler Clementi case. Just the facts of Clementi's suicide called for a frank discussion about the banality with which the gay community treats sex between men in their 20s, 30s, and older on one hand, and youths between the ages of 13 and 19 on the other hand. By the age of 18, when he was a freshman at Rutgers, Clementi was already a regular on online hookup sites, and he found it unremarkable to invite a 30-year-old stranger into the dormitory room he shared with another freshman he'd only known for three weeks.

Instead of looking at the Clementi case and saying, "whoa, we have got to address the problem of predatory sex in the gay male community," the gay lobby said, "let's make this all about homophobia and launch It Gets Better." It Gets Better then drew hundreds of thousands of more impressionable and vulnerable teenage boys, questioning themselves, into the cyber world where they could become initiated into the dangerous terrain of predatory sex with older men. This is no doubt one reason that the CDC's most recent report found a spike in boys aged 13-19 contracting HIV after having anal sex. [emphasis added]

This isn’t the first time Lopez has exploited the suicide of Tyler Clementi to advance the gays-are-pedophiles myth. It’s also not the first time he’s peddled his bizarre theories about gay men recruiting young boys into homosexuality.

Lopez’s anti-gay work, which has been touted by mainstream anti-gay groups like the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), stands in stark contrast to the gay erotica he pens in his free time, much of which involves – you guessed it – man-on-boy pedophilia. 


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