L. Ron Hubbard's regressive homophobia: Can Scientology's celebrities handle the truth? - 2015-10-11
Yesterday, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder posted a statement about Scientology's homophobia which not only collected founder L. Ron Hubbard's statements about homosexuality's "perversion" but also explained, from his personal experience, how Rinder observed the organization's baked-in hate for gays and lesbians.
It was a remarkable personal essay and we highly recommend that you read it and bookmark it for whenever Scientology's attitudes about homosexuality come up in future news stories. We're thinking of a recent attempt by Scientology celebrity Laura Prepon to claim that the situation was otherwise.
We've also written about Scientology's homophobia. One of the more intriguing stories we got to look into while we were at the Village Voice described the struggles of a man named Keith Relkin. In that 2011 piece, we explained that Relkin, who lived in West Hollywood, had taken on the role as the church's token gay guy, and tried to convince the press that Scientology was actually gay-friendly. Privately, however, he complained to friends that the church undermined him at every turn, had him spy on other people in the film business, and denied him any chance to move up to the courses offered only in Clearwater, Florida because of his orientation.