Navaratilova’s Fights “Gay” Sheep Study

We’ve just received a press release informing us that Lezzie tennis star Martina Navaratilova‘s (pictured, looking quite fetching) protesting a tax-funded research program in Oregon aimed at turning so-called “male-oriented” (read: fag) rams straight.
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Apparently, scientists at Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University are on a two-year track through which they hope to locate, modify, and eventually destroy “gay hormones” in the furry creatures. In response, Navaratilova’s written the presidents of both universities:

How can it be that, in the year 2006, a major university would host such homophobic and cruel experiments? … I respectfully ask that you pull the plug on this appalling and misguided research. Surely you can find a way to redirect the millions of public tax dollars that are being wasted on these experiments to a more fruitful venture–perhaps by funding a gay and lesbian community center to foster dialogue and acceptance for people of all sexual preferences?

What we don’t understand is how the scientists identify these allegedly homo sheeps. Is there some sort of sheepie gaydar technology of which we are unaware? Do these sissy sheeps go cruising in the local park? Maybe there’s some sort of barnyard homo-hop.

Regardless, it’s gross. While we’re not so keen on animal testing, we’re far more disturbed by science’s obsession with getting to the bottom of the gay mystery. Sure, it would be interesting to know why people are gay (which would finally put an end to the storied essentialist v. constructionist debate), but any essentialist finding – that is, evidence that critters people are born gay – would no doubt be used for some sort of horrific gay holocaust. And not just of the poor sheepies…

We’ve pasted the entire release and Navratilova’s letter after the jump, including the address and fax number of Oregon State University’s President, Ed Ray.

As with our coverage of Garden Guy, Inc. and their homo-hating ways, we urge you to use the information in any way you see fit.

(Update: The PETA rep who sent us the press release wants us to mention that Navratilova wrote the letter on their behalf. So: Navratilova wrote the letter on PETA’s behalf.)

For Immediate Release:

November 3, 2006

Contact:

Michael McGraw 212-274-8274; [email protected]

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA SLAMS ‘GAY SHEEP’ EXPERIMENTS

Tennis Icon Condemns Cruel Taxpayer-Funded Tests Seeking to Alter Animals’ Sexual Preferences

Portland, Ore. – Openly gay tennis icon Martina Navratilova is condemning hormone-altering experiments on “gay sheep” at Oregon State University (OSU) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) that seek to manipulate sheep’s sexual preferences and make them heterosexual. The tests are funded by taxpayers through the year 2008.

In letters faxed to the presidents of both universities, Navratilova writes, “How can it be that, in the year 2006, a major university would host such homophobic and cruel experiments? … I respectfully ask that you pull the plug on this appalling and misguided research. Surely you can find a way to redirect the millions of public tax dollars that are being wasted on these experiments to a more fruitful venture–perhaps by funding a gay and lesbian community center to foster dialogue and acceptance for people of all sexual preferences?”

OHSU experimenter Charles Roselli is drugging pregnant sheep to prevent the actions of hormones in their fetuses’ brains and cutting open the brains of rams he calls “male-oriented” (homosexual) in an attempt to find the hormonal mechanisms behind homosexual tendencies so that they can subsequently be changed. Roselli’s cohort, Frederick Stormshak of OSU, has surgically installed an estrogen device in rams’ bodies in an effort to alter “gay sheep’s” sexual preferences and make them heterosexual. According to the grant applications, the experimenters plan to extrapolate the test results to humans–with the insidious implication that homosexuality in people can be “cured.”

Navratilova–who has won nine Wimbledon Women’s Singles championships and, with a record 167 titles in singles and 174 in doubles, holds more overall tennis titles than any other player in history–adds, “For the sake of the animals who will die unnecessarily in these experiments and for the many gays and lesbians who stand to be deeply offended by the social implications of these tests, I ask that you please end these studies at once.”

For more information on the “gay sheep” experiments, please visit PETA’s Web site StopAnimalTests.com. Navratilova’s letters to OSU follows.

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November 2, 2006

Ed Ray, President
Oregon State University
634 Kerr Administration Bldg.
Corvallis, OR 97331-2128

1 page via mail and fax: 541-737-3033

Dear Dr. Ray:

My friends at PETA have drawn my attention to disturbing experiments that are being conducted at Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University. These experiments involve surgically installing an estrogen device in rams in an effort to alter gay sheep’s sexual preferences and using drugs to alter sex hormones in fetal sheep.

How can it be that, in the year 2006, a major university would host such homophobic and cruel experiments? Oregon State’s justifications offered to PETA, which can only be surmised as an attempt to develop a prenatal treatment for various sexual conditions, are nonsense. I respectfully ask that you pull the plug on this appalling and misguided research. Surely you can find a way to redirect the millions of public tax dollars that are being wasted on these experiments to a more fruitful venture–perhaps by funding a gay and lesbian community center to foster dialogue and acceptance for people of all sexual preferences?

For the sake of the animals who will die unnecessarily in these experiments and for the many gays and lesbians who stand to be deeply offended by the social implications of these tests, I ask that you please end these studies at once. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Martina Navratilova