from Social Issues
This week, the APA holds its annual convention in Chicago. Unfortunately, they cancelled today's scheduled debate on this issue of therapy to homosexuals. Why? Perhaps it's all in the name of political correctness. Sure, people want the right to live any way they choose. Who's denying that? We're just wondering, why does the APA seek to deny the rights of struggling homosexuals who want help? Shouldn't people searching for help out of homosexuality be able to find it? Yet the APA is moving in a direction to silence the dialogue--and the hope.
Psychiatrist Robert L. Spitzer, M.D. was a key player in the original 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. He was moved to rethink the issue of sexual-reorientation therapy when a group of former homosexuals picketed a 1999 APA meeting. Since then, Dr. Spitzer has talked to numerous ex-gays and has had a radical change of mind regarding the possibility of change. During an interview with Dr. Laura Schlessinger on January 21, 2000, he said, "I'm convinced from people I have interviewed, that for many of them, they have made substantial changes toward becoming heterosexual...I came to this study skeptical. I now believe that for many, these changes can be sustained."
Indeed, thousands of people have succeeded in changing--with and without therapy. Don't others have the right to hear about this kind of success?
The APA refuses to recognize this kind of reorientation therapy as ethical and effective. This is scientifically indefensible. When psychiatrists dismiss the honest and deeply-held values of their patients, these doctors are actually demonstrating a disregard for diversity, and a refusal to respect the patient's right to dignity, autonomy and self-determination.
On the issue of coming out of homosexuality, Americans deserve to know the truth: Freedom from homosexuality is possible.
Homosexual activists rightfully demand that we respect their right to define themselves as gay. So, what about the men and women who define themselves as ex-gay? Many homosexuals have found themselves dissatisfied with the gay option and seek professional assistance. Don't they have the right to pursue their dream of heterosexual singleness, or conventional marriage and family? Many have. And their joy is great.
Signers of the ad:
National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality
Exodus International, North America
Focus on the Family
Parents & Friends of Ex-Gays
International Healing Foundation
Jonah (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality)
New Life Clinics