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Straight Man Pretends to be Gay for a Year (VIDEO)

Straight Man Pretends to be Gay for a Year (VIDEO)


Timothy Kurek, in an effort to see the LGBT community outside of his anti-gay religious view, decided to undertake a novel experiment: he pretended to be gay for a year.

Speaking to MSNBC this week, Kurek revealed this idea came about after a friend of his was rejected by her family when she came out as a lesbian. This prompted Kurek to want to understand what it is like to be gay in America, and so, telling everyone around him including friends and family that he was gay, he began to live his life as a gay American.

Did the experience change the Nashville resident? Yes. He tells MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts that the experience “altered” his faith and “challenged” his beliefs. Kurek even went so far as to apologize for his former view that being gay was sinful and wrong.

As you will see in the interview below, Kurek is careful to draw a distinction between his own, relatively limited experiences, and what it is truly like to be LGBT, but Kurek hopes that his forthcoming book on his experiences and the news about his experiment may encourage other religious people with anti-gay views to consider alternative viewpoints.

You can learn more about this and Kurek’s “gay year” in the MSNBC video below:

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Some have praised Kurek for his daring to step outside of his community and attempting to empathize in this way, and then encouraging other religious people to do the same. A more cynical view would be that this is merely a headline-grabbing stunt to sell a new book. A more measured approach might be to suggest that it could be both. What is your view on Kurek’s experiment? Tell us in the comments below.


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9:19AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

wow. interesting....

10:33AM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

Very weird. I don't know if he did it to get a better understanding or to sell his book, but you can't act gay for a year and think you understand what being harassed, persecuted, discriminated against, physically and verbally abused/attacked, ridiculed and dismissed really is.
What reactions did he get when announcing his "gayness" and what were they when he reveled the truth? Or do you have to watch the video to get those answers. Either way, noone can tell what it's like to be gay besides someone that really is:
Born this way and proud.

6:00PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

I just had the image of Elaine A. as a 14 year old boy living in his mom's basement, gleefully insulting everyone he can.

8:07PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

For no photo: He dresses as Chaz Bono!

10:38AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

From the rumors, the paid RW trolls punch the time clock by emailing in the URLs of each post they make.

So, having been through this recently with a Climate Change Denier, maybe it's best just to mock them but not engage directly. The more posts they make, the more they get paid.

It's supposed to work out to $10 an hour.

In that recent experience, the Denier was using a sophisticated approach, going right down the list. Distraction, (Red Herring) and obfuscation was his favorite technique.

Muddy the waters, confuse people, and maybe they'll go away puzzled rather than resolved to vote in favor of higher pollution standards.

Your very own troll is using Ad Hominem attacks. Poison the well, in other words; make people disgusted about the level of discourse, so they won't think about the issue.

If you don't think about a problem you won't solve it.

2:07PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Interesting post. Takes all sorts to make a world, eh?

Thanks for posting.

1:40PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Juanita: "If we all showed compassion to others no one would have to feel rejected or lonely."

And Juanita on a different discussion relating to gay people:
"NO ONEshould be allowed to marry someone of the same sex."

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12:53PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Elaine: "pushing you ridiculous beliefs and agendas down others throats, ALWAYS leaves a bad taste in ones mouth!"

I assume "you" is a typo for "your".
"down others throats" should be, in proper grammar, "down OTHERS' throats". That is the Genitive Plural. Do they still teach that in High School English?
"always leaves a bad taste in ones mouth" should be, "always leaves a bad taste in ONE'S mouth". That is the Genitive Singular. {Case for Nouns}
You have just flunked Grade School English. Reich-wing ILLITERACY -- typical!.
I rest my case.

12:46PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

If loons are liberals, maybe conservatives are canadian geese who swoop in, take over by hatching a bunch of babies and leave so much poop in the water no one else wants to swim.

12:41PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

I apologize if there is a double posting.

[I seem to be making about 1 Typo per posting these days!
What's happened to my *Standards*???]

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