Kudos of the Week: Bill Nye Dispelling Conversion Therapy

With Trump cabinet members and even our legislators staying relatively silent on equality, several bathroom bills in pending in different states and the Supreme Court recently rejecting another appeal for gay-conversion therapy in California — it seems as if LGBTQ equality is being tested on a day-to-day basis.

But we can depend on our childhood favorite, Bill Nye, to discuss sexuality in a way that adequately illustrates why you can’t, and shouldn’t, try to change someone’s sexual orientation.

Bill Nye’s Netflix series “Bill Nye Saves The World” made a segment about conversion therapy, an often controversial subject, relatable with something that most people love — ice cream! The analogy of ice cream flavors representing sexuality was only something a genius like Bill Nye could do. The vanilla ice cream kept spewing the idea that they were the “most natural of the ice creams and therefore, the rest [of the ice creams] should just go ahead and also be vanilla. It’s the one true flavor.” But the other ice creams refused to assimilate and refused to believe the “big ice cream in the sky” would not approve of them since they were different flavors from vanilla.

This segment was powerful and thought provoking, allowing us to understand that there many “flavors” to sexuality and “no one can make you stop being strawberry, strawberry” as the salted caramel explained. This notion is the same in real life — no one can stop you stop being who you truly are, whether that is: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc. While conversion therapy is a serious matter, Bill Nye did an amazing job of relaying the message, through ice cream, of how unnecessary conversion therapy is and how no one should have to assimilate to be one flavor “until they no longer want to be another flavor”. No one wants to be in a world with just one ice cream flavor, the same notion can apply to flavors of sexuality. That is why Bill Nye deserves the kudos of the week!

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- Travis Kelso-Turner