Texas Professor Under Investigation After Homophobic Tweet

The July 15 tweet was accompanied by a misleading article about monkeypox that linked homosexuality to the viral disease.

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A Texas university is investigating a professor who took to Twitter to ask for a “cure for
homosexuality.”

The University of Texas at Dallas indicated its received “several complaints” after Professor Timothy Farage tweeted, “Can we at least try to find a cure for homosexuality, especially among men?” The July 15 tweet was accompanied by a misleading article about monkeypox that linked homosexuality to the viral disease.

Farage’s tweet was eventually removed by Twitter, but screenshots of the post were posted by UT-Dallas’ student publication, The Mercury. As of July 21, Farage’s Twitter account is no longer active.

In a subsequent interview with WFAA-TV published July 18, Farage defended his statement, insisted he was not homophobic, and, at one point, bizarrely stated that doctors should test fetuses for homosexuality.
 

The Rainbow Coalition, a UT-Dallas LGBTQ+ student organization, released a statement claiming that “Farage has a long, well-documented history of hostility on LGBTQ+ issues,” and asked the university to take “immediate, substantive action” against the professor.