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Dr. Carole Saade clarifies her position on homosexuality

Dr. Carole Saade – Photo taken from her public Facebook Page

On Aug 23 2012, we exposed a homophobic and poorly researched Al-Joumhouria article on our Lebanese LGBT Media Monitor timeline.

The article claims that homosexuality is a choice and reinforces commonly used false stereotypes. Journalist Alissar Habib interviews clinical psychologist Dr. Carole Saade to support her claims. Two Lebanese doctors responded on Dr. Saade’s Facebook page denouncing her misleading opinions.

Dr. Hasan Abdessamad, a Lebanese Obstetrician & Gynecologist based in Vancouver, wrote:

“Can you support your claims by evidence-based medicine? You are reinforcing stereotyoes that have been refuted by medicine decades ago”

Dr. Rami Baz, a Lebanese Pediatrician based in Ottawa, wrote:

“Please check the evidence supporting your thoughts and get back to the public to convince them if you find any or to apologize from those you are causing harm to through your false ideas”

On Aug 25 2012, Dr. Saade’s page deleted the comments. It is our common practice while monitoring the media to save screen-shots of such activity. On the same day we shared that screenshot on our timeline.

Psychologist Ronette Cohen responds:

“As a psychologist who has heard a lot of bullshit regarding homosexuality and has fought back with facts and science, I must say that I can’t remember the last time I have read such ignorant lies and fairy tales (and I get to read a lot of harmful nonsense about homosexuality because it’s my area of expertise). Who is this woman? Isn’t she ashamed to display how ignorant she is so publicly?”

At this point Dr. Carole Saade responded on our page:

The concern and the question that i only replied on in this article was about the parental role specifically and in “some cases”.other causes were pointed very clearly: hormonal- neuro-chemical and genetic.

The title was not mine.The only thing i said in this article concerning the subject : Oedipe and the wrong attitudes of some parents. And that there are many other causes: genetic etc… I’m not responsable of any other word which is not mine in this article. I may ask the Joumhouria to make it clearer. 75% and more of what is said is not my personal opinion. And i guess you may understand what i mean when it comes to media and scoops.

You may contact the concerned and the responsable of other’s opinions (surely not mine).

Hope you show love and respect before being so offensive…if you are willing to really spread love…i’m and always was between the first Psychologists to be With Homosexuals and to support them in a human way.

With Love 🙂

She adds on her page:
Please LGBT. Can you insist on some respect? Can you understand that 80% and more of this article is not related to my opinion and to my words! Am i crazy to say it is a choice?? please, i am a Doctor, and i do respect all of you. I am the first psychologist to support LGBT people because i know very well what are the causes and how much they suffer in our society and that this is not a choice at all; at least in most of the cases. so please show some respect. i will surely ask for a clarification or an article from Mrs. Ellissar Habib that show my honesty

Kudos to Dr. Carole Saade for her attempts to clarify her position, for sounding her support to the LGBT community and clarifying that she harbours no prejudice or agenda to demonize or further marginalize sexual minorities. She talks the talk, we will keep monitoring to assess if she will walk the walk.

Dr. Saade also promised that she will contact the journalist, Alissar Habibi, to demand another article to clarify her opinion and position. Will journalist Alissar Habib comply with such a request or will homophobia prevail again?

Photo used in the horrendous homophobic Al-Joumhouriyya article

  1. August 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I am glad that Carole Saade is distancing herself from some of what was written in that article, but I’m afraid that what she still supports hasn’t made me change my mind about what I said. The “parental role” in the “forming of a homosexual” is an unproven and long discredited Freudian relic from the early part of the last century. It is only still taken seriously in environments where homosexuality is viewed as a disorder. Think about it: if homosexuality is theoretically the result of a “dysfunctional” parental role, then it is a result of a process “going wrong” and is the “unhealthy” outcome of “unhealthy” parenting. Following the same logic, a “right” parental role would not produce it, instead producing the “healthy” variant, which is heterosexuality. All kinds of parenting, both healthy and unhealthy produce both heterosexual and homosexual children. Homosexuality is not a result of something going wrong. Freud has never been remotely scientific: in all these years no proof has been found for his theories and they are no longer widely accepted by professionals, the scientific community, or by professional organisations, nor have they been accepted for many years. The scientific community has not yet reached a consensus on how homosexuals are born but it doesn’t matter. We don’t think it important to find out why people are left handed, because we know it’s just a healthy variation on being human and we don’t think twice about fully accepting it. The same should be true of homosexuality. When you see someone not accepting it in this way, even when that someone claims to be acting to help homosexuals, you should be rightly suspicious of how much that person will truly understand you and be able to help you.

    • September 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      We published your comment as a blog post. Thank you for writing.

  2. Dr. Carole Saade
    September 10, 2012 at 11:31 am

    الجمهورية- العدد 454. الاثنين 10-9-2012 -توضيح

  1. August 28, 2012 at 5:44 am

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