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Find Your Nature and Nurture That – Gay to Straight Therapy Doesn’t Work

August 6, 2009

It makes me laugh (in the nervous, pull-of-the-collar-sort-of-way) that it has taken so long for the American Psychological Association to conclude that “Programs to change gays to straights don’t work”.

This is great news from the APA, however, this part that I read in an article on Google News is a little troubling: “Instead of seeking such change, the APA urged therapists to consider multiple options — that could range from celibacy to switching churches — for helping clients live spiritually rewarding lives in instances where their sexual orientation and religious faith conflict.” Celibacy? Have we learned nothing from the sex scandals of the Catholic Church? Hopefully, a spiritually rewarding life would come from embracing and being allowed to embrace one’s own nature (not from someone telling you what you must be, and that you have to change to gain some favor). On a side note: We really gotta start working on this “going to hell” thing. It’s so Middle Ages. Anyways…

I really hope that we can grow up as a world when it comes to this issue. Live and let live, for f**k sake. If you are gonna get to the truth of yourself, you gotta get to the truth of your nature, and nurture that. And wanting to change people’s sexual orientation to conform to church teachings on the subject that are dubious and outdated at best, ridiculous at worst (read: Leviticus) is just dumb. Grow up, wake up, quit trying to save their souls, and let these beautiful souls be themselves. Worry a little bit more about your own nature, and less about theirs.

“Ex-Gay therapy is a profound travesty that has led to pointless tragedies and we are pleased that the APA has addressed this psychological scourge,” said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out.

Amen to that.

Now, to start working on the religious system…

To see the APA press release click here

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