For years, the war over civil rights for homosexuals has been fought in the press, at the polls, and in the corridors of Congress. Now it is being joined on a new front: the videocassette recorder.

The opening salvo, The Gay Agenda, aimed at countering “sanitized” media portrayals of homosexuals, was launched last fall. Since then, groups on both sides of the debate have been locked in a battle of video images over public perceptions of homosexual rights.

“We believe the American public is being asked to embrace a lifestyle they are not fully aware of,” says Ty Beeson, coproducer of The Gay Agenda. “The media do not report on homosexuality, they promote it.”

Homosexual-rights groups have countered with videos of their own, while producers of The Gay Agenda and other antihomosexual-rights groups have released another round of videos.

The video agenda

Produced by The Report, a Christian media resource center in Lancaster, California, The Gay Agenda contains graphic footage of homosexual-rights demonstrations and gay pride parades that has scenes of violence, public nudity, and simulated oral and anal sex.

In other parts of the 20-minute program, doctors and leaders of “ex-gay” ministries describe, in frank detail, various homosexual sex practices and other aspects of the homosexual lifestyle they say are suppressed by mainstream media outlets.

“The tragedy today is that most people in the general population do not understand what the homosexual lifestyle really involves,” says Stanley Montieth, author of AIDS: The Unnecessary Epidemic.

Says the program’s narrator: “Studies show that male homosexuals average between 20 and 106 partners every year; the average homosexual has 300 to 500 partners [in] his lifetime.”

But homosexual-rights ...

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