DR. LAURA'S WEB SITE PROMOTING EX-GAYS AGAIN
Site Promotes "Healing" of Gays
May 3, 2000
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Well, it seems that 3 weeks of silence on gay issues was all Dr. Laura could stomach.
After her brief attempt to keep quiet on gay issues, in order to save her multi-million
dollar deal with Paramount Television, she's now trumpeting on her home page -
www.drlaura.com - a book about "healing homosexuality", like it's some illness.
The book is called "Coming Out Straight," and the forward is written by Laura
Schlessinger herself. Gee, and Paramount giving her an audience of 20 million people won't
be helping her hawk these anti-gay books, not at all. So much for Paramount's
"promise" that Dr. Laura's days of going after gays were now over....
Please read the excerpt from Dr. Laura's site - at the bottom of this email - then feel
free to give Paramount another call at the phone numbers just below, and tell them that
"she's back, you broke your promise." Seriously folks, this is completely
offensive. Paramount's senior management has made it clear that they view gay civil rights
as not nearly as worthy a cause as compared to the civil rights of other minorities. If
Paramount thinks it ok for someone to say that we need to be "cured" of being
gay, like it was some venereal disease, then they need a stern lecture about civil rights
and bigotry. And you, my friends, are the folks to give it to them.
Once again, were the target blacks or Jews, Paramount would never deign to defend this
kind of thing. But since it's gays and lesbians, why not make a quick buck off of our
pain, all in the name of the 'freedom of speech' that only seems to apply when gays are
PARAMOUNT/VIACOM PHONE NUMBERS
1. SUMNER REDSTONE, CEO of Viacom (which owns Paramount)
Message: "Why is Viacom supporting prejudice - cancel the Dr. Laura show."
2. KERRY MCCLUGGAGE, Chmn. of Paramount
tel. LA 323-956-5076, NYC 212-258-6269
(He shares the NYC # with Co-President Joel Berman), fax: 323-862-1823
Message: "Cancel Dr. Laura" [same message for the rest of the calls below].
If you can do even more, call the following Paramount employees:
FRANK KELLY, Co-Pres. Domestic TV:
tel. 323-956-4543 fax 323-862-1838
JOEL BERMAN, Co-Pres. Domestic TV
STEVE GOLDMAN, Exec. VP
JOHN NOGAWSKI, President - Distribution Domestic TV
tel. 323-956-8999 fax 323-862-3404
MICHAEL MISCHLER, Exec. VP - Mktg.
tel. 323-956-5516 fax 323-862-1023
BOBBEE GABELMANN, Exec. VP Current Programming
tel. LA 323-956-5508, NYC 212-258-6654
fax 323-862-0282 and 323-862-1188
RICHARD LINDHEIM, Exec. VP
JOHN WENTWORTH, Exec VP Media Relations
tel. 323-956-5394 fax 323-862-3756
MICHELLE HUNT, Head of Media Relations
tel: (323) 956-8266 fax: (323) 862-1323
The excerpt from the book on her Web site reads:
Excerpt from book jacket:
Richard Cohen, a former homosexual, now married with three children, struggled for most of
his life with unwanted same-sex attractions. He tried desperately to find professionals
who understood his condition and help him heal. Because it was so difficult to
explain myself to therapists, who didnt have a clue, Cohen eventually became a
psychotherapist and developed both a ground-breaking understanding of same-sex attractions
and a comprehensive treatment plan for healing homosexuality. Coming Out Straight not only
details Cohens personal journey out of homosexuality but also recounts his
experiences helping thousands of men, women, and adolescents heal their gender
In simple language, Coming Out Straight presents the basic causes of same-sex attractions,
a clear model for recovery, and stories of individuals who made the change. The book has
three parts: In Part I, the author shares his own story and the root causes of same-sex
attractions. Part II presents a four-stage model of recovery and healing. Part III
discusses the healing of homophobia by overcoming fear and hatred of homosexuality.
While the book is meant to educate therapists, clergy, and other professionals, it also
assists those who struggle with their own same-sex attractions, as well as their loved
ones. Coming Out Straight sets forth an easy to understand primer on homosexuality both
for family members and friends of homosexuals, as well as for the general public. It will
open the door to a new, happier, and fulfilling heterosexual life.