Need to Know, January 13, 2012: Sexual politics


This week, Need to Know explores how the Republican candidates’ opposition to gay marriage will affect the outcome of the nomination fight and the general election. Correspondent Mona Iskander goes to Minneapolis to look at a program designed to provide shelter for homeless LGBT youth. We also speak to David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn offers her take on attaining LGBT equality. Maria Hinojosa hosts.

Watch the individual segments:

Homeless LGBT youth

Need to Know correspondent Mona Iskander reports from Minneapolis about a model program designed to rescue gay teens who have been rejected by their families and become homeless.

Interview: David Brody

Host Maria Hinojosa interviews David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Fixing America: Christine Quinn

Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council, offers her ideas about how gays can achieve equality.

Watch more full episodes of Need to Know.

 

Comments

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S46EMQQTGNONOQ5COVHGQ5AWIQ john

    I plan to vote this time for the same person I voted for 4 years ago.Marriage wheater it is between a man and woman,two men or two women makes no difference to me.I think that iftwo people love each other that is between them. I also think thatsex should have no place in politics.Men or women should be able to marry anyone they love and want to share thier lives with. 

  • Stan

    Gays and lesbians need help. It does not include changes to definition of marriage or family. So called same-sex predicament must be dealt with for what they are, not for what they are not! Good luck.

  • Anonymous

    Fundie xtianists are the ones in need of help. Maybe if they weren’t so insecure about their own sexuality and the strength of their faith, they wouldn’t need to expend so much energy and money trying to discriminate against their fellow “EQUAL” citizens. Maybe as their savior said, “they should try to remove the plank from their own eyes, instead of concentrating on the splinter in their brother’s eye”. 

  • Guest

    This also, as is usual with PBS, would leave a really uniformed viewer without any idea what the issue is about.  The issue has to do with the traditional eons old definition of the cornerstone of society and it’s relationship to the survival of society and mankind itself…marriage between a man and a woman and nothing to do with civil unions.

  • Charles

    This was my favorite Need to Know Show ever!

  • Kabscott

    The story about those who offer “host homes” for homeless LGBT Youth was the most moving story I’ve seen on Need to Know so far.  (I got all teary-eyed more than once.)  Months ago, your interview with Gloria Steinem made me tell friends to be sure to check out this new program, Need to Know.  Now I’ll have to bug them again.  Great job!

  • Pppsssddd

    THANK YOU NEED TO KNOW for showing the real human needs in those at the bottom of the “social’ ladder, victimized and marginalized  by the puffery and righteousness of right wing politicians and the influence this commands thru the media to the public and our culture of the advantaged…please keep focusing on the need to show the real world to the broadest possible audience…your bravery and humanity are to be vigorously applauded…

  • Jimmcnicklenyc

    Great presentation of an important topic.  The interviews with the actual people involved really brought it home.

  • ROLANDO MENDEZ

    whent the republican taking about gay marriage tthat o hot topic that mind they lost the november election.

  • think1

    That is incorrect.  They are not at the bottom of the social ladder.  The  mentally ill – most of who are homeless should warrant your attention 

  • Roberta

    A very moving presentation of kids who have real problems. I hope you’ll be brave enough to update this story

  • Jeff

    Please stop allowing those on the far right religious spectrum to define things. The media is NOT left leaning. Not at all. Less than 5% of “guests” who are presented as experts are from the left. Folks from American Heritage are shills for their political right, not objective at all. If someone asserted that the moon was made of green cheese, would you let them get away with it? The evangelical fringe is a really small proportion of the population, so why do they get so much air time? It’s time to hear from someone who actually knows something about the problem, not the cause of the problem. 

  • Anonymous

    Even as a conservative Christian;
         I appreciated the program on LGBT helping each other.  I’m not gay, as was apparent in the earlier posts.  But, it’s refreshing to see people who have something in common help each other.  In an era when people are pitted against each other in a dog eat dog world, I would have to say that this is a sterling example of how people should be, gay or not. 
         I’ve said it before, that homosexuality is a powerful sexual identity problem that came about from abuse, and often, people who are hurt by it find it very hard to get out of it.  It can be done, but once you have been tainted like that, it’s nearly impossible.  Since most people consider this type of behavior unacceptable, including myself, then these people need to learn how to live in a society that will not readily accept them.
         I’ve made it pretty clear that I really could care less if a person was gay or lesbian.  But, that person needs to understand that it’s not normal behavior, and accept that it’s not normal behavior.  They cannot hope to be an accepted special interest group if they are flamboyantly disrespectful of others in displaying their identity confusion as they do.
         They have to find groups in which they can trust each other and support one another in a private setting.  They can live relatively normal lives without forcing people to accept their dispostion. My points as made before, though, are from an understanding (that I never wanted), that the LGB group grows by sexual violations.  People don’t choose to be gay.  They’re violated into it, as I have mentioned before, by trusted friends and family through a horrible breach of trust.  Those people need to be brought to justice, and the children need to be counseled as soon after that this is not appropriate behavior, and that this is not how they’re supposed to be, and that they were FORCED into it.  They’ll adjust and leave it alone, and live normal lives.  But, if left to fester, and their violators aren’t brought to justice, they will continue to be violated, and those people will continue to violate others; it’s horrible.  And the group grows.  It’s simply got to be stopped.
         I want to make it clear, though, that I don’t hate LGBT.  I just simply understand that the behavior is destructive, and the BEHAVIOR that resulted from it needs to be controlled, and the people that have initiated it need to be prosecuted for their crimes.  You have to separate the behavior from the person, and love the person.  If you know that the behavior is dangerous, and the person keeps partaking in it, then by virtue of the behavior, you have to distance yourself – or YOU will be doing the same things. 
     
         
       

  • Anonymous

    Even as a conservative Christian;
         I appreciated the program on LGBT helping each other.  I’m not gay, as was apparent in the earlier posts.  But, it’s refreshing to see people who have something in common help each other.  In an era when people are pitted against each other in a dog eat dog world, I would have to say that this is a sterling example of how people should be, gay or not. 
         I’ve said it before, that homosexuality is a powerful sexual identity problem that came about from abuse, and often, people who are hurt by it find it very hard to get out of it.  It can be done, but once you have been tainted like that, it’s nearly impossible.  Since most people consider this type of behavior unacceptable, including myself, then these people need to learn how to live in a society that will not readily accept them.
         I’ve made it pretty clear that I really could care less if a person was gay or lesbian.  But, that person needs to understand that it’s not normal behavior, and accept that it’s not normal behavior.  They cannot hope to be an accepted special interest group if they are flamboyantly disrespectful of others in displaying their identity confusion as they do.
         They have to find groups in which they can trust each other and support one another in a private setting.  They can live relatively normal lives without forcing people to accept their dispostion. My points as made before, though, are from an understanding (that I never wanted), that the LGB group grows by sexual violations.  People don’t choose to be gay.  They’re violated into it, as I have mentioned before, by trusted friends and family through a horrible breach of trust.  Those people need to be brought to justice, and the children need to be counseled as soon after that this is not appropriate behavior, and that this is not how they’re supposed to be, and that they were FORCED into it.  They’ll adjust and leave it alone, and live normal lives.  But, if left to fester, and their violators aren’t brought to justice, they will continue to be violated, and those people will continue to violate others; it’s horrible.  And the group grows.  It’s simply got to be stopped.
         I want to make it clear, though, that I don’t hate LGBT.  I just simply understand that the behavior is destructive, and the BEHAVIOR that resulted from it needs to be controlled, and the people that have initiated it need to be prosecuted for their crimes.  You have to separate the behavior from the person, and love the person.  If you know that the behavior is dangerous, and the person keeps partaking in it, then by virtue of the behavior, you have to distance yourself – or YOU will be doing the same things. 
     
         
       

  • Anonymous

    Even as a conservative Christian;
    I appreciated the program on LGBT helping each other. I’m not gay, as was apparent in the earlier posts. But, it’s refreshing to see people who have something in common help each other. In an era when people are pitted against each other in a dog eat dog world, I would have to say that this is a sterling example of how people should be, gay or not.
    I’ve said it before, that homosexuality is a powerful sexual identity problem that came about from abuse, and often, people who are hurt by it find it very hard to get out of it. It can be done, but once you have been tainted like that, it’s nearly impossible. Since most people consider this type of behavior unacceptable, including myself, then these people need to learn how to live in a society that will not readily accept them.
    I’ve made it pretty clear that I really could care less if a person was gay or lesbian. But, that person needs to understand that it’s not normal behavior, and accept that it’s not normal behavior. They cannot hope to be an accepted special interest group if they are flamboyantly disrespectful of others in displaying their identity confusion as they do.
    They have to find groups in which they can trust each other and support one another in a private setting. They can live relatively normal lives without forcing people to accept their dispostion. My points as made before, though, are from an understanding (that I never wanted), that the LGB group grows by sexual violations. People don’t choose to be gay. They’re violated into it, as I have mentioned before, by trusted friends and family through a horrible breach of trust. Those people need to be brought to justice, and the children need to be counseled as soon after that this is not appropriate behavior, and that this is not how they’re supposed to be, and that they were FORCED into it. They’ll adjust and leave it alone, and live normal lives. But, if left to fester, and their violators aren’t brought to justice, they will continue to be violated, and those people will continue to violate others; it’s horrible. And the group grows. It’s simply got to be stopped.
    I want to make it clear, though, that I don’t hate LGBT. I just simply understand that the behavior is destructive, and the BEHAVIOR that resulted from it needs to be controlled, and the people that have initiated it need to be prosecuted for their crimes. You have to separate the behavior from the person, and love the person. If you know that the behavior is dangerous, and the person keeps partaking in it, then by virtue of the behavior, you have to distance yourself – or YOU will be doing the same things.

         
       

  • Anonymous

    As for the story of Christine Quinn –
        America is fine just the way it is.  You can’t force 750,000,000 people to accept the behavior for less than 7,500,000 people who choose to live their lives differently.  Christians have to adjust (though it’s pretty difficult, it’s an uphill battle, in spite of the fact that our forefathers were Christians). Nuns, monks, and pastors have to adjust.  People who come from foreign countries must Americanize their lifestyles to live here.  
        And, frankly, the pornography industry doesn’t help.  Like any other business, it seeks to profit in any way possible – which includes the exploitation of children.  And this is one thing that I would want the United States to get on board with the international community on; banning companies from publishing it on the World Wide Web.  And if people want to get that sort of thing, they need to PAY THROUGH THE NOSE to get it BY THE US POSTAL SERVICE, or by buying it in the special interest section of the video store. 
        There was a sickening story done on 20/20 a couple of months ago, that covered the home porn industry, where couples literally filmed their sex lives and posted it to the Internet via live feed.  It’s prostitution.  It’s an illegal activity.  It needs to be stopped.
         
         

         
       

  • Anonymous

     
         
          about the multiple repeats of the same thing.  There was a one minute delay when posting, and the site said there was an error posting it.  So, I kept posting.  I tried to delete the extras, but it won’t let me.

         
       

  • Tom Pilecki

    The program about our disenfranchised LBGT homeless youth is a much needed look at a problem needing public awareness. The horror of the human politic that causes such a communal blight is disheartening. I hope that this is “not a one time shot”. I am an educator and know full well that for a point to get across, for something to be learned, for an “enlightenment”, the topic must be presented in a myriad of ways. I am praying the NEED TO KNOW will continue to address this topic as well as repeat this episode. Thank you for taking this bold step.

    Tom Pilecki
    West Palm Beach, FL

  • Amyntracey

    Republicans spew too much hate and not enough about the real issues. Instead of talking about what the wont support or don’t agree with, get off you high horse and talk nitty-gritty. As a member of the GLBT community, I want to know more than your “so called” religious/moral standings. I want to know how your going to address ALL issues! Is same-sex marriage important to me? You better believe it. I will vote. I will stand up and be counted. Keep that in mind before you start your anti-(fill in the blank) rants.

  • Darr247

    I wish they would either post an episode list somewhere or put the episode number with these pages.
    Spongebob Squarepants has a list of all episodes on wikipedia, fer x sakes.
     
    According to my calculator, this should be episode # 0218
    Hope that helps.

  • Darr247

    You cite “America” so I’m not sure what country you’re talking about… but there’s not 750,000,000 people in all of North America’s countries combined, let alone just in the USA.

    I truly hope you’re not home-schooling your kids.