UT Dallas professor under fire for anti-LGBTQ+ tweets

Timothy Farage told the WFAA that he didn’t think his beliefs were homophobic, but suggested doctors should test fetuses in the womb for homosexuality.

RICHARDSON, Texas— University of Texas at Dallas Officials are investigating a professor who tweeted that he had asked for a “cure for homosexuality” and called homosexuality a “medical disorder,” the university said in a statement Monday morning.

The university “received multiple complaints related to a testimony from a UT Dallas faculty member.” it said in the statement.

School officials are “in the process of reviewing and investigating these complaints.”

UT Dallas in Richardson has approximately 30,000 students and is part of the statewide UT system.

A University Rainbow Coalition Statement – encompasses and represents the LGBTQ+ student groups, including Proud of UTD and oSTEM – identified the professor as Timothy P. Farage, a professor at the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

The Rainbow Coalition statement said Farage had “a long, well-documented history of hostility toward LGBTQ+ issues.”

“While this recent post is a striking example of homophobia and misinformation, it illustrates only part of the hostility LGBTQ+ students experience in his classroom,” they say.

The Rainbow Coalition called on UT Dallas officials to “take immediate substantive action on this matter.”

According to the campus student newspaper “The Mercury”, Farage published an article last week about a monkeypox outbreak in New York City. He further asked if it was possible to “find a cure for homosexuality.”

Twitter later removed the tweet for violating rules, but The Mercury, which posted a screenshot of Farage’s tweet, said the professor’s replies to those who responded were still visible, and Farage defended his comments in subsequent tweets.

Speaking to WFAA, Farage continued to defend his statement, saying he doesn’t believe homosexuality is a sin.

“I have nothing against homosexuals. I was just suggesting that we try to find a cure,” he said.

Farage told WFAA he sent the first tweet because he read an article that said monkeypox was “spread primarily by men who have sex with other men.”

Be clear: everyone can get monkeypox, which is not a sexually transmitted disease.

“Nothing about being gay or having sex with men alone causes monkeypox,” said Dr. Philip Huang, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services.

Instead said Dr. Huang of the WFAA that infections are linked to certain events and festivals where the virus spreads through close contact.

Farage told the WFAA that he doesn’t find his beliefs homophobic, but suggested doctors should test fetuses in the womb for homosexuality.

“It’s not…possible,” Huang said.

It has been almost 50 years since the American Psychiatric Association recognized that homosexuality is not a disease.

Student and Pride at UTD member Chase Mueller believes Farage needs to be fired, saying Farage’s comments create a lack of security for LGBTQ+ students, particularly those like him in the computer science department.

“(Students) feel uncomfortable, they feel insecure when they are themselves in a lot of these spaces. So allowing this professor to voice those opinions in and out of class and share them with his students only further encourages that,” Mueller said. “And UTD is a school that values ​​their LGBT ranking so highly Rated as one of the best schools for LGBT students, I don’t think it’s beneficial for them or their students to foster that kind of environment.”

As UT Dallas officials investigate Farage’s comments, they said the Jonsson School is “opening additional sections of fall classes taught by [Farage] involve at least one other professor to give students more choices.”

“This will help our students stay on track to complete their studies while learning in a safe environment,” the university’s statement said. “While we will not comment further pending the outcome of our investigation, we would like to reiterate that we take this matter seriously and that what this person said does not reflect the core values ​​of our institution.”

“A lot of what they said is, ‘We heard about a tweet from a professor.’ “But that’s a lot more. That tweet showed that students know he has a pattern of behavior in the classroom that makes people uncomfortable. That’s been reported for years,” said Mueller. “And this is just a big time that we hate because of the tweet because of the current climate around LGBTQ+. We can show all of that and say, ‘No, we’re not going to let this go on.’”

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Laura Coffey

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