In June I penned a column that predicted that so-called "ex-gay" programs would crumble from internal rot. In the months since, the decline of these "pray away the gay" organizations has only accelerated.
It is never easy for one to acknowledge being wrong. I wish John Smid the best of luck on his continued evolution and am grateful that he is beginning to honestly discuss the limitations of "ex-gay" programs.
Anti-gay activists, including the Bachmanns, have spent enormous energy and resources doing everything they can to obfuscate the data, confuse the debate, and put scientists such as myself on the defensive.
To my surprise, I didn't know -- especially in 2011 -- my sexual orientation was still up for debate. But on Aug. 1 on the Morning Edition of National Public Radio (NPR), it was. And the topic on the show that morning was "Can Therapy Help Change Sexual Orientation?"
This study is betrayed by common sense and reality. If being around gay parents makes a child gay, then how does Walter Schumm explain the inconvenient fact that the vast majority of LGBT adults had heterosexual parents?
Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera billed his three-day "Truth Academy," which took place in a Chicago exurb last week, as "one of the most thorough pro-family, educational seminars on homosexuality ever held in the United States."
We need to look beyond the shocking individual scandals to see that reparative therapy at its corrosive core is, in fact, scandalous. Isn't it time these "therapists" shut their doors and finally get the help they so desperately need?
Time and again, fundamentalists buy the fantasy that the world's worst reprobates can fundamentally change. It never seems to occur to these credulous Christians that perhaps they are being had by the unusually bad.