Sunday, June 17, 2007

Ex-gay or Just Exploited?

The Orange County Register newspaper ( has a story on competing conference that will take place on the merits (or lack there of) of ex-gay programs. One is the annual Exodus International "Freedom Conference" with professional ex-gay, Alan Chambers. A bike ride away, at UC Irvine, co-sponsored by the university, is scheduled "The Survivor's Conference: Beyond Ex-gay."

What is interesting is that one of the attendees at the Survivor event is one of the original founders of the Exodus movement who has changed his view on the legitimacy of "ex-gay" programs:

Michael Bussee, who co-founded Exodus at Anaheim's Melodyland Christian Center in 1976, said he quit counseling people to go straight when he realized he couldn't even "cure" himself. Bussee, who now lives in Riverside and is a licensed marriage and family therapist, said he knew he was gay since he was a boy. At age 12, he went to the public library looking for a book "about homosexuality so I could cure it, but the books said it was the result of mental illness."

Bussee became a born-again Christian, got married, studied anthropology and psychology at Cal State Fullerton, and hoped while involved with Melodyland that he could live as a straight man. "I loved my wife and we both thought over time God would create heterosexual feelings in me," Bussee said. "Instead, I fell in love with my wife's best friend's husband." By 1979, Bussee began to believe he was hurting the people he was trying to counsel in his ex-gay group. "There were suicide attempts," Bussee said. "I had a guy in my group who took a razor blade to his genitals because he felt so guilty."

Sadly, Alan Chambers, pictured with his wife, still has yet to recant. I am sure if it is because he cannot let go of the religious brainwashing that he received growing up and/or in the Exodus program, or if because the money he makes playing "ex-gay" is too attractive. Which ever the reason, I feel sorry for his wife in that she was suckered into marrying a guy who will never truly be the straight husband she deserved. Meanwhile, here's what the legitimate experts have to say on ex-gay therapy:

"Reparative therapy" is "based on an understanding of homosexuality that has been rejected by all the major health and mental health professions," according to the American Psychological Association.

The American Academy of Pediatrics reported in 2004 that "current literature and most scholars in the field state that one's sexual orientation is not a choice; that is, individuals do not choose to be homosexual or heterosexual."

"Therapy directed specifically at changing sexual orientation is contraindicated, since it can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation," a position paper of the American Academy of Pediatrics states.

The American Psychiatric Association reported that the "potential risks of 'reparative therapy' are great, including depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior, since therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient."


Anonymous said...

>>"Reparative therapy" is "based on an understanding of homosexuality that has been rejected by all the major health and mental health professions," according to the American Psychological Association.<<

Where does one think "reparative torture" originated? Not with Evangelicals and the "free exercise of religious torture." Oh, no, it originated from the Metaphysicians of Mind (viz., APA) in their "cure" of the homosexual "pathology" and "disorder" (in decidedly "clinical" terms of the Merck Manual and DSM descriptive metaphysics, by the way). When the Cult of Metaphysicians of Mind convened their Holy Hawaii Council in 1973 and were demanded for "proof" and "evidence" for their metaphysical claims, the Fathers of the Cult, by popular vote, no less (just like Nicea and so unlike science) changed their orthodoxy and orthopraxy by majority rule: Yesterday's pathology and cure are now today's "standard variant in the human sexual condition."

Pavlov's operant conditioning did not originate in the Bible, but was used on dogs, and then divined to apply to humans, and thus was born "reparative therapy" to correct a psychosexual arrested development from an anal-retentive authority figure who fucked with someone's potty training, when it was all along the dude's desire to kill his father to fuck his mother, missing the entire point of Oedipus Rex. When someone finds Ego, Id, and Superego, in the pit of a non-comatose "unconscious," let the other believers know of the discovery.


daveincleveland said...

this is what my wife wanted me to participate in, so i looked for a therapist that delt with my particular "sickness" as was put my our pastor at church and her....after about 10 sessions she told me that i was fine the way i was and she did not practice the reperative therapy anylonger as she did not believe in it...thus i have still remained gay and while she in her mind thinks it will all go away.....she is the one that told me we were finished, and that she someday can forgive me but will never ever touch her again