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Gay "Reparative" Therapy: As Idiotic Now as It Was When We Wrote About It Ten Years Ago

Maybe the GOP was inspired by the gay aversion therapy subplot in "American Horror Story" season two.
Maybe the GOP was inspired by the gay aversion therapy subplot in "American Horror Story" season two.
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In 2004, a southwest Houston man named Christopher told the Houston Press how he had cured his homosexuality with the help of a "reparative therapy" group called Exodus Ministries. The 37-year-old man had never slept with a woman -- you know, because of all the gay sex -- but he looked forward to the experience, which he described as a "very pleasant option."

Christopher is probably pleased by the big news that Texas Republicans just adopted a pro-reparative therapy stance at the Texas GOP convention in Fort Worth.

The platform states that "We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy."

This is also good news for the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), which has been pushing reparative therapy for years. NARTH believes that, like schizophrenia and left-handedness, homosexuality happens when the body goes haywire. And homosexuality would still be in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders if the American Psychiatric Association hadn't caved to the homosexual agenda.

NARTH points to some wicked-cool studies showing how folks can un-gay themselves, including a landmark study that involved calling up 247 participants of reparative therapy programs and asking them the ratio of homosexual-themed versus heterosexual-themed masturbatory episodes. Oh, and also how much gay porn they watched.

The Columbia University professor who conducted the study wrote that the resulting data "clearly goes beyond anecdotal information and provides evidence that reparative therapy is sometimes successful."

The professor, Robert Spitzer, publicly apologized for that study in 2012, writing "I believe I owe the gay community an apology for my study making unproven claims of the efficacy of reparative therapy. I also apologize to any gay person who wasted time and energy undergoing some form of reparative therapy because they believed that I had proven that reparative therapy works with some 'highly motivated' individuals."

If Spitzer turned around, perhaps the Texas GOP can, at some point in the distant, distant future. We invite them to read our 2004 feature, which includes thoughts from those who claimed to have exorcised their gayness, and those who saw this "therapy" for what it really is.


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