This Fact Remains: Homosexuality Is Not a Carcinogen
In attempting to mask a homophobic agenda as concern for the well-being of American men, Reed Irvine and Joe Goulden have done a disservice to the public health situation in the United States ("Deadlier habit than smoking," Commentary, Aug. 27).
Their analogy between the portrayal of smoking in Hollywood movies and the portrayal of homosexuals on television is not only ill-conceived, but misleading and damaging. And, in comparing the years of life lost to lung cancer to years of life lost to AIDS, Mr. Irvine and Mr. Goulden trivialize both epidemics.
The facts are simple: Smoking causes lung cancer. It also causes emphysema, heart disease, various types of oral cancer and low birth weight. It has even been linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Homosexuality, on the other hand, does not cause AIDS. HIV causes AIDS, and it can be transmitted from an infected individual to an uninfected individual in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, certain unprotected sexual practices engaged in by both heterosexuals and homosexuals.
According to the American Journal of Public Health, during the past three decades, smoking has remained nearly three times as prevalent in the movies as it is in the actual population. …