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James O’Keefe: Homosexuality: It’s About Survival – Not Sex at TEDxTallaght (Transcript)

James O’Keefe

Here is the full transcript of American activist James O’Keefe’s TEDx Talk titled Homosexuality: It’s About Survival – Not Sex at TEDxTallaght conference. 

 James O’Keefe – American activist

One summer evening, my eighteen-year-old son Jimmy said he wanted to talk. So, after my wife Joan and I got his three much younger siblings tucked in and read their bedtime stories, Joan and I sat down in our bedroom.

Jimmy came in and closed the door behind him. And he sat down on a chair across from the bed where we were sitting, and says, “Mom and Dad, I have something important to tell you, and it’s not a problem, it’s not a bad thing, it’s just different.”

We said, “Okay”.

And he looked at us in earnest, and he said, “I’m gay.”

So, after a few seconds of deafening silence, Joan takes a deep breath and says, “Jimmy, we will love whoever you love.”

That was about 12 years ago when he came out to us, and I’ll have to admit that, at the time, Joan and I did think this could be a problem, for his safety, even. And as his father, I had this feeling that, somehow, I had failed him, and maybe, because of that, he wouldn’t have a chance to have kids of his own.

So, I’m a cardiologist, and I like to imagine the world through the eyes of a hunter-gatherer ancestor for clues about how to thrive in the modern world, but, viewed in the light of evolution, homosexuality seems to be a real self-defeating non-productive strategy.

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