Timothy Farage, a computer science professor at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), is currently under investigation after he proposed in a now-deleted tweet that a "cure" for homosexuality is necessary to stop gay men from spreading monkeypox and other diseases.
In response to a Daily Mail report that 95 percent of monkeypox patients in New York City are men, Farage suggested that humanity should "at least try to find a cure for homosexuality, especially among men."
He added homosexual men "have anal sex, which can lead to a variety of diseases."
You can see the deleted tweet below.
The backlash toward Farage's tweet was significant enough that he deleted his Twitter account.
UTD released a statement last week saying that his tweet does not represent the university's “culture or climate of inclusion and respect.”
UTD said that its staff and student body "unequivocally denounce statements that disrespect groups or individual members of our community," adding that it is "committed to providing an educational, living, and working environment that is welcoming, respectful and inclusive."
\u201cPlease read the below statement from UT Dallas.\n\nThe University offers resources aimed at affirming and assisting our LGBTQ+ community and encourage all our community members to take advantage of these services: https://t.co/b7CzlH7zTH\u201d— UT Dallas (@UT Dallas) 1657998128
Many have criticized Farage in the wake of his remarks.
\u201cThinking about all the students he's impacted negatively throughout his career \ud83d\ude14\u201d— Alisha M. Brown, Ed.D (@Alisha M. Brown, Ed.D) 1658361591
\u201cThey\u2019re really just repeating the AIDS crisis homophobia huh? Like verbatim.\u201d— The Gay Pokemon Ducks Bangs (@The Gay Pokemon Ducks Bangs) 1658267599
\u201cThe name Farage continues to be synonymous with utter idiots.\u201d— Stephanie (@Stephanie) 1658268436
\u201cMonkeypox? We must first find a cure for willful ignorance and just plain old stupidity.\u201d— Jane4today (@Jane4today) 1658269704
\u201cSeems highly likely being a professor Timothy farage at UT Dallas is a "medical disorder".\u201d— Neil Fleming (@Neil Fleming) 1658355745
\u201cAs an alumnus, I am appalled that Timothy Farage said such heinous things about the LGBTQIA+ community. The idea that we should look for a "cure" to homosexuality is beyond prejudice. It's homophobic and openly hostile. This should be an easy fix, @ut_dallas. Farage needs to go.\u201d— Ry Mendenhall (@Ry Mendenhall) 1658204918
\u201cTimothy Farage has absolutely no business teaching in any school. His hateful, bigotry disqualifies him from contact with any students.\u201d— #primalscreamgrammy (@#primalscreamgrammy) 1658434610
\u201cIs there a cure for bigotry?\u201d— Ana Navarro-C\u00e1rdenas (@Ana Navarro-C\u00e1rdenas) 1658267472
\u201cTimothy Farage: "Homosexuality is a medical disorder that needs curing but I'm not homophobic."\n\nGive him the boot!\u201d— Sean #BlackLivesMatter #IStandWithUkraine (@Sean #BlackLivesMatter #IStandWithUkraine) 1658359266
When questioned about his remarks, Farage told The Dallas Observer that he thinks homosexuality "is a mental disorder."
He is wrong.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973, stating that "homosexuality per se implies no impairment in judgment, stability, reliability, or general social or vocational capabilities."
Nevertheless, homosexuals have been scapegoated throughout history and blamed for disease outbreaks—such as the AIDS crisis—and are currently subject to the ongoing "groomer" hysteria among conservatives accusing LGBTQ+ people of building relationships, trust, and emotional connections with children so they can manipulate, exploit and abuse them.
The New York City Department of Health is currently opening more monkeypox vaccine sites in response to high demand as part of the larger effort to contain the outbreak. As of Thursday, July 21, 778 cases of the virus had been confirmed in the city, according to Health Department data.