DALLAS, TX — (07-20-22) — LGBT Students and advocates are outraged over a UT-Dallas professor who said he wants ‘a cure for Homosexuality’. Following the backlash over the outrageous comment made by Timothy Farage, a computer science professor, the University of Texas at Dallas officials announced that they are investigating the complaints made against the computer science professor.

Timothy Farage, a computer science professor, tweeted last Friday a story stating that the majority of monkeypox infected people in New York are men.

“Can we at least try to find a cure for homosexuality, especially among men? Homosexual men have anal sex, which can lead to a variety of diseases,” Farage wrote on Twitter.

LGBT student organizations quickly denounced Farage’s comments as homophobic and dangerous to the campus community.

“Being LGBTQ+ is not a ‘medical disorder,’ and LGBTQ+ students do not need to be ‘cured,’” read a statement from the UT-Dallas Rainbow Coalition, which is composed of six campus groups. “Not holding a professor accountable for such statements is unacceptable. Merely disavowing Farage’s actions actively makes our campus less safe.”

Farage, who has been a member of the UT-Dallas faculty for more than 20 years, says that he is not “hateful or bigoted or homophobic or racist” and that finding a cure for “homosexuals who’d rather be heterosexual” is “compassionate. If somebody doesn’t want to be, why not try to find a way to help them do that?” said the 71-year-old.

“My comment was to try to be helpful and compassionate. … I never said a word against homosexuals or transgender individuals or anything.” said Farage in his form of damage control.

The university is in serious damage control most as they also posted on social media, that school officials are aware of recent tweets by a faculty member and stressed that the person’s views do not represent UT-Dallas.

“We know that LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty already face challenges in their lives that can negatively impact their mental and physical well-being,” UT-Dallas officials wrote on Twitter.

The statement pointed to campus resources aimed at affirming and assisting the school’s LGBT community. “UT Dallas is committed to providing an educational, living and working environment that is welcoming, respectful and inclusive,” said UT-Dallas officials.

PRIDE at UT-Dallas President Chase Mueller, a junior majoring in psychology, said he was horrified upon learning about the outrageous tweet. “This misinformation leads to an unsafe environment for LGBTQ+ students on campus feeling as if they need to hide their identity,” said Mueller, 20.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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