Actor turned anti-LGBT rights crusader Kirk Cameron has refused to meet with a group of LGBT youth who asked the former child star for a meeting during his visit this week to New Jersey. According to Think Progress, Cameron announced through his manager that he is too busy to make time for the teens, but invited them to peruse his extensive web archive of interviews and public appearances addressing the topic.
Cameron traveled to Ocean Grove, New Jersey where he appeared Thursday as a part of his 35-stop “Love Worth Fighting For” tour. The events, billed as “mass marriage-counseling,” feature Cameron lecturing audiences on the evils of homosexuality, the power of Christ and the purported threats to our society posed by same-sex marriage.
Seventeen-year-old LGBT activist Corey Bernstein, president of the LGBT youth group Garden State Equality Youth Caucus, requested a meeting with Cameron, saying that he and representatives of the group wished to discuss face-to-face with the actor “the pain your words about being LGBT have personally caused me and other LGBT youth.”
Cameron responded to Bernstein via an email from his manager, Mark Craig, which said that his client’s schedule would not permit for the meeting. As for the teens’ desire for a dialogue, Craig wrote, “I want to share this thought with you, from someone who sees and works with Kirk almost everyday of the year – I promise you his goal is not one of trying to hurt people in any way, in fact it is just the opposite. He has a concern for their well being – not only now, but eternally. He goes out to share a positive message through events like this weekend and I assure you he will only be presenting a positive/ inspiring message.”
He continued, “I would like to suggest if you really are interested in Kirk’s thoughts on the matter, you can listen online to the interviews and comments Kirk has shared where he was given ample time to communicate his heart and thoughts. I hope you can attend the event and see for yourself.”
After years of anti-LGBT advocacy and courting of the Evangelical fringe, Cameron hit a kind of tipping point this spring when, in an interview with Piers Morgan, he called homosexuality “unnatural, detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
The remarks sparked an enormous backlash, including public scoldings from Cameron’s former cast mates on shows like “Growing Pains.” One group of ex-child actors made a video condemning Cameron’s hateful rhetoric and reminding him that as a professional entertainer, at some point he has relied on the help and support of an LGBT person, whether he wishes to acknowledge it or not.
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