EAST LANSING – BTL has learned Ryan Sorba,Aeos speaking engagement at MSU has been moved to Sept. 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. according the MSU Student Life Office. No room has been announced for the event, which the Student Life Office said was still pending approval.
Sorba, who is identified as the author of the forthcoming book “The Born Gay Hoax,” is, according to his online resume on linkedin.com, a field representative in Los Angeles for the conservative Leadership Institute in Virginia, where MSU YAF Chair Kyle Bristow spent the summer interning. A google search did not turn up any publication information on the forth coming book.
In response to the Sorba speech, Michigan Equality is a holding a penny-a-word pledge drive. The group is asking supporters to donate a penny-a-word for every one Sorba uses during his speech. The organization will accept donations of any size. To pledge, go to http://MichiganEquality.org.
MSU YAF, the speaker,Aeos host organization, made headlines last year when it became the first university recognized and sponsored hate group to be listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project.
Sorba has made waves by hosting Fred Phelps like protests at California State University, San Bernadino, where he launched a protest against a gender studies course.
Sorba is a psychology student. His lecture argues that the idea of being born gay is a new concept in the gay rights movement and a hoax. He argues that all people are born straight and that through behavioral choices become gay.
An interview request with Sorba is waiting for a response.
His lecture can be seen on google at this url: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4207851797866730699