Profriend's Support Site



Ex-Gay "Therapy"?

Posted on June 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM

The 150,000 member American Psychological Association (APA) has long opposed the idea that one's sexual orientation can be changed by any means, including therapy. Homosexuality was removed from the official list of mental disorders by the APA more than 40 years ago.


In August 2009, the APA's governing council voted 125 to 4 to approve a resolution putting itself firmly on record as opposing any so-called "ex-gay" or "reparative" therapies purporting to "correct" homosexuality.  The council issued a comprehensive report built on two years of research on the subject that reviewd 83 studies on sexual orientation change done since 1963. They found no evidence that any of the so-called therapies worked as claimed. In fact, they said that strong evidence exists that such attempts often result in depression and suicidal tendencies.


It's informative that the founder of Exodus International, the largest ex-gay therapy proponent in the US, himself gay, eventually quit the organization along with a number of the organization's leaders. He publicly admitted that the therapy is a sham and has no postive effect, and went on to apologize to all those the organization had attempted to treat. Some "ex-gay" groups now admit they cannot change sexual orientation - only help you to live as heterosexual. Some people seem able to do this with some success, but for others it's too much of a stretch.


So, if you are gay and religious, what are you to do? Your church is telling you that you can't be gay and a church member. It's a choice between staying deep in the closet, or coming out and rejecting your religion. For the deeply religious that's not much of a choice.


The APA recommends that its members counsel patients to consider several options and to be creative in meeting a patient's needs. Some suggestions include:

1. Acknowledge your homsexuality but remain celibate (many churches will accept this)

2. Find another, more accepting church (many exist)

3. Leave the church, but be religious in your own way


Mental health professionals who suggest that change is possible should be avoided since such advice runs counter to all accepted research and the positions and professional standards of every major mental health association. Mainstream professionals will play a supportive role and look for ways to help gays to adjust to and accept their orientation without attempting to change it.

Categories: None

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In


Reply JosephBoR
9:05 PM on June 5, 2023 prednisone in mexico
Reply Richardges
6:54 PM on June 5, 2023 
prednisone brand name canada buy prednisone without rx or 1250 mg prednisone buy prednisone without a prescription best price
buy prednisone online india iv prednisone and prednisone tablets canada average cost of generic prednisone
Reply HaroldsKarp
12:13 PM on June 5, 2023 
1 mg prednisone cost: buy prednisone - prednisone for sale
Reply DwightFlura
11:54 AM on June 5, 2023 
buy cytotec pills: buy cytotec pills - buy cytotec online fast delivery prednisone pharmacy prices
Reply JosephBoR
6:50 AM on June 5, 2023 buy prednisone no prescription
Reply cjephisb
6:38 AM on June 5, 2023 
how to get cytotec online cytotec online or how to get cytotec online Abortion pills online
?»?cytotec pills online Cytotec 200mcg price and how to get cytotec online buy cytotec in usa
Reply Bobbybow
3:51 AM on June 5, 2023 
buy cytotec over the counter buy cytotec online fast delivery or buy cytotec over the counter cytotec buy online usa
Cytotec 200mcg price buy cytotec pills and buy cytotec online fast delivery order cytotec online
Reply DavidBeruh
10:53 PM on June 4, 2023 cytotec online
Reply DwightFlura
11:40 AM on June 4, 2023 
buy prednisone without prescription: Prednisone 20 mg buy online - prednisone otc price buy ciprofloxacin over the counter
Reply SheldonhoM
6:28 PM on June 2, 2023 
canadian pharmacy 1 internet online drugstore: legitimate canadian mail order pharmacy - pet meds without vet prescription canada
Reply Matthewstach
5:34 PM on June 2, 2023 
free shipping cialis usa generic of cialis or buy 36 hour cialis without prescription cialis using paypal in australia
cialis dapoxetine online canada canada cialis trial and cialis daily cialis no prescription paypal
Reply JasonHoarl
12:18 PM on June 2, 2023 
online pharmacy canada precription drugs from canada canadian pharmacy 365
Reply Jamesmib
7:29 AM on June 2, 2023 onlinecanadianpharmacy 24
Reply TimothyBoist
2:54 AM on June 2, 2023 
pharmacy in canada northwest pharmacy canada or canada drug pharmacy
p? canadian pharmacy meds
escrow pharmacy canada pet meds without vet prescription canada and canadian pharmacy checker best canadian online pharmacy
Reply Kevinenems
2:12 AM on June 2, 2023 
Reply SheldonhoM
11:20 PM on June 1, 2023 
reputable canadian pharmacy: legal to buy prescription drugs from canada - reputable canadian pharmacy
Reply JacobSoids
9:41 PM on June 1, 2023 
cheap generic cialis in the us: Cialis without a doctor prescription - buying cialis internet order cialis online us
safe canadian pharmacy safe reliable canadian pharmacy canadianpharmacyworld com
Reply Jamesmib
4:24 PM on June 1, 2023 top 10 pharmacies in india
Reply Kevinenems
12:04 PM on June 1, 2023 www canadianonlinepharmacy
Reply ClydeAbigo
11:16 AM on June 1, 2023 
side effects of cialis 20mg black cialis or dapoxetine and generic cialis how can i get cialis in australia
buy cialis online free shipping cialis generic date and cialis kopen buy cheap cialis online with mastercard