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John Corvino, Ph.D.
Philosophy professor and "gay moralist"
"What's Morally Wrong with Homosexuality?"
April 20, 2010
Student Union Apollo Room
John Corvino, Ph.D., has been speaking, writing, and demolishing myths about homosexuality and morality since the early 1990s. He has educated and entertained professional organizations, government contractors, churches, and hundreds of college and university audiences, giving some their first-ever inside viewpoint on GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) issues. His presentation “What’s Morally Wrong With Homosexuality?” (available on DVD) explores the common arguments against same-sex relationships, including those based on nature, religion, and alleged threat to society. The titles of some of his other lectures and presentations include “Born or Made—and What’s the Difference?” “The Boy Scouts and Gay Rights,” and “Homosexuality and Biblical Interpretation.”
This January, Corvino debated the topic of “Marriage and Same-Sex Unions” with National Organization for Marriage President Maggie Gallagher at a formal debate hosted by Oregon State University.
Corvino’s column “The Gay Moralist” appears every Friday at LOGO Online’s 365gay.com (“America’s Most Read Gay News Source”). He has been a guest on MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country” and on numerous radio programs.
Corvino holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, and is an associate professor of philosophy at Wayne State University in Detroit. He is the editor of Same Sex: Debating the Ethics, Science, and Culture of Homosexuality and the author of over 100 articles and opinion pieces, which have appeared in regional and national print media, at the online Independent Gay Forum (www.indegayforum.org), and in numerous academic journals and anthologies.
An award-winning teacher, he was also the recipient of a 2004 Spirit of Detroit Award from the Detroit City Council for his work on behalf of GLBT rights.