When I heard what Christian radio host, Linda Harvey, said about gay health care workers, I had to double-check what century we are in. Apparently the Ohio-based founder of a Christian pro-family organization thinks we should “think long and hard” about whether we should trust hospital medical staff who “proclaim a homosexual lifestyle.”
On her show, Harvey stated:
Let’s say your 11-year-old has broken her leg rather badly and needs to be in the hospital a few days. Which would you prefer – a nurse who’s proud of her lesbianism, who has rainbow identifiers on her work clothing, or a nurse who does not?
Um, I didn’t know that that mattered. Why would I care if my nurse or doctor was gay? If he or she was a smoker or an alcoholic or maybe even morbidly unhealthy, maybe I would care. But their sexual orientation? That’s really none of my business. How could that possibly affect the care they would give me or my children?
Even though Harvey acknowledged that gay health-care workers can be competent and might be our best bet in an emergency, she stands by her message of urging us to steer clear otherwise. In addition–and this is even more ridiculous, she said parents should consider writing a letter to their pediatrician saying that if their child must be hospitalized, they would not want them treated by gay workers. Seriously?
Miss gay-hater went on to say:
For routine in-hospital care where contact with your child would be required, your values should be respected.
Not surprisingly, her comments have gay and lesbian rights activists and medical experts up in arms. Dr. Desi Bailey, president of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, told CBS News:
Sexual orientation, gender identity and other personal characteristics do not determine a healthcare provider’s competence.
Dr. Bailey also noted that according to a 2005 Gallup poll, 78% of Americans believe lesbians and gay men should be hired as doctors. Right on.