Obnoxious homophobe: Jacqueline Le Blanc

Jacqueline Le Blanc is the director of "Action Familial" [sic] (English: Family action), a catholic organisation intended to help families. Sadly, Mrs. Le Blanc is intent on stopping gay people from protecting their families with the civil institution of marriage [Gay Agenda, 3:16]. She recently wrote an openly homophobic article in the national newspaper L'Express, entitled "Les droits des homosexuels et les droits des autres" and I commented on this in the comments section of the article. I also wrote a blog entry on my personal blog at http://www.husnoo.com/ explaining how every single argument used by Jacqueline Le Blanc was based on her personal ignorance and her arrogance. The following quotes were taken from her article.

Comme pour chaque être humain, leurs droits s'arrêtent là où le droit d'un autre commence. Lutter contre la discrimination envers eux est un bon objectif que nous partageons, [...]

Jacqueline starts off very well, stating the blindingly obvious. Firstly, every human deserves the dignity to have their human rights respected, but one person's rights is limited to rights that don't infringe on other people's rights.

Next, she goes on to add that we should fight discrimination against gay people, and indicates her organisation backs such a fight. This is the point she loses it however:

[...] mais que cela soit fait sans attenter aux droits des autres. Là où il y a problème, c'est que la façon la plus facile de lutter contre la discrimination c'est de banaliser l'homosexualité. Cédant à la tentation de la facilité, c'est le moyen que la plupart emploient sans se soucier d'aller contre d'autres droits.

In her fantasy world, if gay people are given equal civil rights before the law, it would infringe on somebody's rights. Forcing the general public to respect gay people as first class citizens, would infringe on somebody's rights [Gay Agenda, 4:33]. She does not specify exactly whose rights would be infringed upon - that part of the argument she left to her readers to fill in the gaps.

She then says:

La société a deux devoirs envers l'homosexualité :
* Veiller à ce qu'il n'y ait pas de discrimination contre les homosexuels.
* Limiter l'extension de l'homosexualité en ne créant pas des situations qui encouragent sa prévalence.

Now, she repeats that society must not discriminate against gay people, but her second claim makes no sense whatsoever in the real world. She is apparently under the delusion that homosexuality can be contagious, encouraged or discouraged.

This may be so in her fantasy world, but in the real world, sexual orientation is part of the biological substrate of a person - one cannot turn a heterosexual gay nor vice-versa [Gay Agenda, 4:19].

In fact, a number of "ex-gay" organisations exist [Gay Agenda, 2:8], that prey upon vulnerable gay people. They once claimed they could change a person's sexual orientation. After several medical councils in the world decided that homosexuality wasn't contageous, nor was it a disease at all, and several court cases where such evidence was made clear, these organisations don't even pretend to change people's orientation anymore.

The most honest of their leaders will admit freely that they are NOT heterosexual, but merely manage to repress themselves by spiritual means. Other unscrupulous monsters claim otherwise, including "doctors" who have carried out horrible experiments to change the sexual orientation of others. They not only fail consistently, but some of the most viciously homophobic people (or those who claim to have been "cured") have been caught with male prostitutes.

All they can do, is help people repress themselves to such an extent they either enter a loveless marriage with a person of the opposite sex (this person could be your daughter, or your son) that will end up in tears, or they lose interest in seeking a healthy and fulfilling relationship with a person they truly love, effectively destroying a part of their humanity in their attempts to fit in with their homophobic society.

"Therapy" to suppress "unwanted homosexual thoughts" is the same as therapy that will help a very skilled left-handed artist feel enough guilt so that he can start using his right hand to make mediocre paintings or to give up painting altogether. What such an artist needs is not therapy, but a community where he can thrive. In the same way, vulnerable gay people don't need "therapy" to change them, but they need help to accept themselves and to find a community where they can live freely and love freely, as mentally healthy human beings.

Nos enfants ont droit à un enseignement qui ne déforme pas les choses. L'homosexualité n'est pas l'idéal pour une personne.

I agree completely with Jacqueline, that children deserve to be taught in a way that does not deform reality. In the real world, when gay people are given the chance to grow up in a culturally superior society that doesn't persecute them and respects them as first-class citizens, they are able to succeed in their education, build successful careers, maintain lifelong loving relationships and bring up healthy and well-adjusted children.

Jacqueline, on the other hand, wants to force her fantasies on innocent children [Gay Agenda, 4:37]. She wants them to believe that gay people are somehow inferior to heterosexuals, and that accepting that one is gay is to be avoided.

It certainly wasn't ideal to be a black scientist in the 1970s in the US, and it certainly wasn't ideal to be an indian lawyer in South Africa in the early 1900. What we need in Mauritius is to make changes to the law to remove all discrimination towards gay people, and consider them as first-class citizens of the republic.

It is homophobia that is not ideal for society. Homophobia is a mental disease that can be cured with education [Gay Agenda, 3:11]. The only reason being gay can be a problem in Mauritius is because homophobes have a problem with it. Teenagers, and young adults are driven into depression and even suicide or face a life of oppression, where the most basic of civil rights, family life, is denied to them - because of homophobes like Jacqueline Le Blanc.

The following paragraph is one of the most disturbing in Jacqueline's drivel:

A l'adolescence, une étape de l'évolution affective se manifeste par une attirance vers un autre du même sexe. C'est transitoire. L'évolution se poursuivant, l'attirance changera de direction. Banaliser l'homosexualité pourrait faire le/la jeune se croire homosexuel/ le et se fixer à ce state de son évolution - ce qui pourrait arriver s'il/elle passe à l'acte. On aura ainsi porté atteinte au droit du jeune au déroulement normal de son évolution affective.

Jacqueline is making a number of very specific claims about adolescence. For instance, she believes that teenagers can go through a phase of being gay, and that their sexual orientation will change to heterosexual later. Is Jacqueline speaking from her personal experience [Gay Agenda, 2:7]? Did she manage to repress her own homosexual feelings in such a way she believes herself to be heterosexual now? Even if she personally believes this kind of nonsense, it is far more plausible that she is in fact bisexual, and would therefore be able to repress part of her sexuality and pretend to be heterosexual.

Even more seriously disturbing, Jacqueline believes that a teenager that takes part in a gay sexual relationship will end up making this part of their personality permanent. In the real world, gay sex cannot turn a heterosexual gay, and heterosexual sex cannot turn a gay person heterosexual at all. If Jacqueline claims otherwise, she is living in a fantasy world.

In fact, the current education system allows teachers to tell their students that gay people are mentally ill. My French language teacher in college told me, this, when I was 17, which didn't help at all, exacerbating the depression I lived through since I was twelve. Decriminalising homosexuality and talking about acceptance openly would mean that youngsters won't have to go through the living hell I went through during my teenage years.

Le directeur de A1 Maurice cite des cas horribles de persécution des homosexuels. De tels faits ne se sont jamais produits à Maurice. Cela ne semble pas être un état de choses que nous devons craindre ici.

Jacqueline thinks that gay people have nothing to fear in Mauritius. I refer the reader to the case of Gemma and Ravinee. In fact, forcing gay people to be law-abiding, tax-paying citizens that contribute to society, while in turn forcing them to suppress a basic part of their humanity, is slavery [Gay Agenda, 3:2].

Jacqueline further wants to suppress evidence of the existence of gay people, as well oppress any movement for equal civil rights:

Et, banaliser l'homosexualité pour lutter contre la discrimination pourrait avoir l'effet contraire. Si la plupart des Mauriciens ne désirent aucunement discriminer les homosexuels, la crainte de l'impact de la banalisation sur nos enfants, nos jeunes, pourrait développer une attitude hostile. Les "gay parades", par exemple, produisent cet effet.

Jacqueline claims that demanding the same civil rights for gay couples could lead to a backlash. Well, so what? Black people had to deal with a backlash when they got their civil rights in the US. Gay Pride Parade is not meant to please homophobes [Gay Agenda, 3:14]. Gay Pride Parades are the peaceful manifestation of the claim for equal civil rights for gay men, women and couples. The other option is riots, similar to the Stonewall Inn riots that kicked off the Gay Liberation Front throughout the civilised world. I do not recommend violence, but Gay Pride is a peaceful protest and the peaceful request that we please be granted our civil rights.

Jacqueline goes on to claim sole ownership over the word "marriage":

Les droits humains des homosexuels ne peuvent inclure le droit au mariage. Car le mariage signifie une union entre un homme et une femme qui, ensemble, vont fonder un foyer où naĆ®tront probablement des enfants. Ce n'est pas le cas des homosexuels.

Autrement, ce serait changer la signification du mot mariage.

She thinks that the meaning of Marriage cannot be updated. She forgets that interracial marriage was banned in the US until 1967, and that the same bogus excuses were used. The definition of civil marriage should be two persons who commit to looking after each other [Gay Agenda, 3:16] whether or not they want to raise a family together.

In fact, gay people can and do marry and adopt in more culturally advanced societies, like Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Sweden. In others, like France and UK, there is an apartheid-style "civil partnership" which is legally equivalent to marriage, and gay couples can adopt.

Reproduction is not a legal prerequisite of civil marriage - infertile couples are not made to relinquish their civil rights, nor are old couples whose children have moved on from the parental home [Gay Agenda, 4:14].

Tous les êtres humains n'ont pas les mêmes comportements dans tous les domaines. Certains peuvent être désapprouvés par d'autres, mais ils ont tous les mêmes droits humains.

As Orwell said, "all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others." This is typical of the homophobic excuses. Same human rights means all the same human rights, not just some of them according to Jacqueline's prejudices and fantasies.