Great news today with “gay cure” therapies being banned for minors in the state of California. With the law being signed off by Gov. Jerry Brown as of Jan 1 2013 it will stop groups like exodus from providing any form of therapy designed to change sexuality or gender expression. As noted in the New York Times:
No “mental health provider” shall provide minors with therapy intended to change their sexual orientation, including efforts to “change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.”
Currently there are some believers that gay cure can be attained, tying homosexual feeling to child hood abuse or emotional wounds in early childhood. There is little evidence to back these claims. One of gay cure’s biggest proponents, Psychiatrist Dr Robert Spitzer, has retracted his stance and apologised for the study. In the video below he admits his study was flawed and there was no evidence that “trying hard enough” would enable a gay man to change his or her sexuality.
I urge you to watch the following video that gives a great historical time line of Dr Spitzers gay cure, AKA reparative therapy timeline.
Dr Robert Spitzer Reverses Gay Cure Stance
I congratulate California on their step forward to rejecting these harmful practices. I hope that groups like exodus will soon be a thing of the past.
For an inside view of exodus, check out my recent interview with Adrian, one man who has survived ex gay therapy.
Have you exerienced gay cure therapy? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments below.
Yours in good health.