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Christopher Doyle sets the record straight on conversion therapy

April 25, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

March 13, 2014

The following excerpt is from the article “Setting the Record Straight on ‘Gay Conversion’ Therapy for Minors” by Christopher Doyle on the Christian Post website: “… In a senate hearing in February, a representative of the Washington Department of Health, which has jurisdiction over professional licensing and fields approximately 10,000 complaints a year, said that the current staff has 11 years of institutional knowledge and no one was aware of a single complaint alleging that a licensed therapist had attempted to coerce someone into not being gay.” …

“In my clinical experience, I have worked with roughly 50-75 adolescents (mostly young men) who have been distressed by homosexual desires that did not align with their values and life goals. In the vast majority of cases, the youth who entered therapy did not identify themselves as gay, but rather, believed they were inherently heterosexual with unwanted homosexual desires. For these clients, underlying issues for the development of same-sex attractions are identified and resolved over the course of treatment, with outcomes typically consisting of a reduction of homosexual feelings, along a continuum, and an increase in heterosexual feelings.” (more…)

Junk science once again claims sexual orientation determined by genes

March 11, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Gay Politics

February 14, 2014

The following excerpts are from the article “Unreleased Xq28 Gene Study Repeats Unproven Theory” by John Ozanich on the Voice of the Voiceless website: “We want to jump on this new junk science article right away because we’ve been down the Xq28 road before and this unreleased study managed to suspiciously get a Valentine’s Day news release without peer review. We’ve excerpted and highlighted the laughable holes for you. The attempt to pass this off as anything new or valid in a Valentine’s Day news release is insipid politics.” … (more…)

NARTH responds to WHA statement on human sexuality

January 18, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

December 12, 2013

The following excerpts are from the “NARTH Response to the WMA Statement on Natural Variations of Human Sexuality” on the NARTH website: “The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is greatly dismayed by the recent statement from the World Medical Association (WMA, 2013), which is not so much a reflection on human sexuality as it is a clear attempt to discredit any and all professional attempts to assist clients who wish to modify same-sex attractions and behaviors. NARTH observes that the WMA’s statement in many places lacks scientific integrity, sometimes providing conclusions that are no more supportable than speculation and at other times failing to provide adequate scholarly context. Given these serious shortcomings, NARTH believes that it is necessary to provide the public with information WMA irresponsibly neglected in their statement.” (more…)

Phelim McIntyre concerned with new APA classification of pedophilia

January 18, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Ex-gay News

December 2, 2013

The following excerpts are from the article “The Dark Shadow of Pedophilia” written by Phelim McIntyre and published on the Voice of the Voiceless website: … “So let’s now put this together and see the possible consequences. A client is using virtual porn, so no child is being harmed, and has no shame or guilt about his or her sexual feelings. Under the new APA guidelines their pedophilic “sexual interest” does not meet the definition of a disorder so, just as Qunisey, van Lunsen, van Beek and Van Gijseghem want, the client could refuse to accept treatment for the perceived “disorder.”

With the various bans on SOCE therapy [Sexual Orientation Change Efforts], the client could even attempt to sue the therapist for attempting to force a therapy onto them that they did not want. Thanks to the “mistake” from the APA, we have now given power to the pedophile to legitimize their behaviour. (more…)

Unprotected Gay Sex Increasing / HIV cases likely to increase

January 12, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science

November 27, 2013

Excerpt from the New York Times article “Rise in Unprotected Sex by Gay Men Spurs H.I.V. Fears” written by Donald G. McNeil Jr.: “Federal health officials are reporting a sharp increase in unprotected sex among gay American men, a development that makes it harder to fight the AIDS epidemic. The same trend has recently been documented among gay men in Canada, Britain, the Netherlands, France and Australia, heightening concerns among public health officials worldwide.”

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of men who told federal health investigators that they had had unprotected anal sex in the last year rose nearly 20 percent from 2005 to 2011. In the 2011 survey, unprotected sex was more than twice as common among men who said they did not know whether they were infected with H.I.V. …”

Joe Dallas – Dealing with unwanted memories

January 02, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Religious Perspective

November 18, 2013

The following excerpts are from the blog “The Default Principle” on Joe Dallas’s website: “When you discover behavior that delivers pleasurable impact, your brain will crave a repetition of the impact. Accept this fact and prepare for it, and you’ll go far towards maintaining integrity over the years”

“I used to think that if the urge to look at porn re-emerged, it meant I was in some sort of weakened state, emotionally or spiritually. Sometimes that proved to be true, certainly, but not always. Decades after stopping all porn use, I find the temptation can arise when things are going beautifully or horribly. Lust has a mind of its own, and the temptation to default back to high-impact activity can rear its head seemingly without rhyme or reason.”

“That’s because, to my thinking, the brain behaves quite amorally when it comes to impact. (more…)

APA struggles with classifying pedophilia

December 27, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science

November 1, 2013

The following Press Release “American Psychiatric Association Struggles Again with Classifying Pedophilia” by the Liberty Counsel is reprinted in its entirety: Washington, DC—The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has changed the definition of pedophilia again. In the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) of Mental Disorders, the APA changed the classification of pedophilia from a “disorder” to a “sexual orientation,” but following the public outcry, APA released a statement that it was a mistake. “‘Sexual orientation’ is not a term used in the diagnostic criteria for pedophilic disorder, and its use in the DSM-5 text discussion is an error and should read ‘sexual interest.’” (more…)

Transgender unsatisfied with sex-change surgery chooses assisted suicide

December 12, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science

October 5, 2013

The following excerpt is from the article “Paying the price for their autonomy” by Tom Mortier on the MercatorNet website: “… Last Monday afternoon the victim of a botched sex reassignment surgery was euthanased by the country’s [Belgium] leading euthanasia doctor, Wim Distelmans. Cameramen from a local TV station filmed the lethal injection.”

“Forty-four-year-old Nathan Verhelst was born as Nancy Verhelst into a family which despised girls. ‘When I saw ‘Nancy’ for the first time, my dream was shattered,’ her mother told the Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper. ‘She was so ugly. I had a phantom birth. Her death does not bother me.’ … Nathan’s solution was to seek euthanasia. …” (more…)

Dr. Joseph Nicolosi explains the dynamics of bias against ex-gays

October 07, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Gay Politics

September 16, 2013

The following essay “Why Gays Cannot Speak for Ex-gays” by Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D. is from the NARTH website and reprinted in its entirety: This summer, a British television network called to interview me for a show about efforts toward sexual-orientation change. The host of the show, they informed me, was a gay man. I declined the invitation, stating that the host’s gay identity would disqualify him from a fair evaluation of the ex-gay experience.

To refuse participation because the host is gay may seem unreasonable, until we recognize that the adoption of a gay identity typically prevents someone from honestly assessing the experience of the other man who has taken a different developmental route– i.e., the ex-gay person.

Why would this be true? Let me explain. (more…)

Peter Sprigg explains “Why Science Doesn’t Support Orientation-Change Bans”

October 02, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Gay Politics, Homosexuality Causation

September 4, 2013

The following excerpt is from Peter Sprigg’s article “Why Science Doesn’t Support Orientation-Change Bans” on … “In fact, the American Psychological Association itself has actually moved away from asserting certainty about the origins of homosexuality, declaring in their most recent statement on this question that: ‘There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation. . . . Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles.’”

“If even the American Psychological Association says ‘there is no consensus among scientists’ about the origin of homosexuality, then it seems presumptuous of politicians to act as though there is in order to stifle conservative viewpoints on the issue. (more…)