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Transgender identity did not work for this man

March 04, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, testimony

February 11, 2013

Beginning excerpt from the article “How I Went from ‘Robert’ to ‘Claudia’ – A Fake Woman” on the PFOX website: “In 1988, everything was going wrong for me. I had just moved to Minnesota with my mother and sister. I had recently fallen in love with a girl I met in Minnesota, but she did not love me. I did not get along with my sister who put me out on the street. I lived in homeless shelters and one day when I was in a Kmart I read Renee Richard’s book, the famous transgender tennis player. I thought I would be happier as a woman even though I was born male. I was 25 years old when I decided to become a woman. I was also a straight man.”

Dr. Meg Meeker gives advice to parents whose children claim to be gay

March 04, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Relationship Advice

February 5, 2013

Excerpt from Dr. Meeker’s article “Your Teen Daughter Says She’s Gay. What Now? on her blog “Teens have never been as confused about their sexuality as they are today. My concern for all kids is that cultural pressure forces them to figure out a beautifully complex process prematurely. So if your teen announces that he or she is gay, bisexual, or transsexual, listen. Then gently tell them that their sexuality is wonderfully complicated, and that regardless of what they think about their sexuality now, they really can’t be sure because at fourteen or fifteen, they aren’t fully developed. Encourage him or her to take time to figure things out. (more…)

Andrew Comisky refutes the accusation that ex-gay ministries drive at-risk youth to suicide

March 04, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Ex-gay News, Gay Politics, Religious Perspective

January 28, 2013

Text from Andrew Comisky’s blog “Courage and Contending Part 5: What We Need” on the website: “A common charge against Desert Stream and other ministries that encourage same-sex strugglers to a life beyond the gay kingdom is that we are driving ‘at-risk’ youth to suicide. Implicit in that view is that some kids are ‘gay’ by nature; the only ‘cure’ they need is freedom from those (like us) who believe otherwise.”

“Any challenge to the ‘gay self’ is seen as dangerous. (more…)

UK counseling organization says sexual orientation change efforts are unethical

February 12, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Gay Politics, Religious Perspective, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

February 8, 2013

Statement from Christian Concern’s Christian Weekly News: “Di Hodgson of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) has admitted that the organization’s opposition to therapy for those with unwanted same-sex attraction is not simply based on scientific evidence. She said on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme: ‘We have taken a view in a way which is regardless of the scientific findings. We still believe that it is unethical to seek to agree or to work towards changing someone’s sexual orientation through psychotherapy’ (you can listen to it here at 3m 4s in).”

“The disregard for science and emphasis on ethical opposition is worrying for both those who want the therapy and those who want to be able to provide it. It threatens to sideline people with Christian views on sexual ethics in this area.”

Dr. Nicolosi discusses how homosexual behavior can be a false self

February 11, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Homosexuality Causation, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

February 5, 2013

Excerpts from Dr. Joseph Nicolosi’s article on the NARTH website: “Reparative Therapy posits two fundamentally distinct self-states in unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA) for males: The Assertive Self- State within which the client finds his true self, and the Shame Self-State within which he experiences his false self.” …

“The Self-State distinction essential to Reparative theory finds theoretical support in the writings of Joyce McDougall. In her clinical studies, she confirms Reparative theory’s understanding of homosexual enactment as a gender-based self-reparation; i.e., a means of “repairing” a wound in gender identity.” (more…)

Peter Saunders responds to UK doctors suggesting vaccines for gay men

February 11, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science

January 20, 2013

Excerpts from Peter Saunders on his Christian Medical Comment blog: “The BMA has called for the HPV immunisation programme to be widened to include gay men, in an effort to tackle ‘alarming’ rates of HPV-related disease. … What the Pulse article [original source] doesn’t do is to enlarge on the little-known link between anal intercourse, HPV and anal cancer. Here are some facts. Anal cancer is rare in the general population but its incidence is on the rise for homosexual men. In the United Kingdom, about 1,100 people are diagnosed with anal cancer each year. The survival prospects depend very much on the stage at diagnosis but overall 25-40% of people diagnosed with anal cancer will die within five years.”

Dr. Nicolosi discusses how therapists can help SSA client’s diminish the power of porn

February 11, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

January 19, 2013

Excerpt from Dr. Nicolosi’s essay on the NARTH website: “The easy availability of pornography and consequent addiction to it has reached epidemic proportions that the media continues to ignore. For the man with SSA, gay porn becomes a particular problem because of the natural but frustrated desires it presents.”
“As I work with SSA men, it becomes apparent to them that its attraction often lies in its seeming fulfillment of three emotional drives: (1) Body Envy, (2) Assertive Attitude and (3) Need for Vulnerable Sharing. This picture does not fit every SSA man (as I always tell my clients, “If what I say does not ring true to you, then we will approach this issue differently), but it does fit many men’s inner experience. …”

Workbook available for young men with unwanted homosexuality

February 11, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Homosexuality Causation, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

January 8, 2013

Floyd Godfrey, a licensed professional counselor who struggled with same sex attractions as a young man, has created a workbook for young men struggling with the same attractions he struggled with. Information on the back of the book reads: “This workbook is written for young men who want to understand the emotional needs and wounds which generate homosexual feelings. It provides insight and understanding in a simple format. It can be used for parents, clergy, and counselors as a format for supporting young men who want to change. Goals and healing activities can be established from concepts in each chapter. Thousands have experienced change. ‘Born that way’ is a myth.”

Dr. Neil Whitehead analyzes epigenetics causation theory

February 11, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Homosexuality Causation

January 3, 2013

Excerpt from Dr. Whitehead’s article on “…There have been numerous attempts within at least 13 different research fields to show a strong biological basis to homosexuality and all have failed. This new field – epigenetics – will probably join them. The authors make a good case that epigenetics should be included in the mix of factors contributing to homosexuality. I agree, but believe it will prove to be a minor contributor only, along with many other minor contributors.”

“Epigenetics is control of genetic expression by factors other than the genes. These factors may be pre-natal or post-natal (occurring at any time of life), often coming from the exterior environment, both biological and social. Epigenetic marks (changes in protein configurations around the DNA) can also be passed on to descendants – but only to some extent.”

Ex-gay Roger Mann reflects on how sexual abuse as a child affected his life

February 11, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Homosexuality Causation

December 19, 2013

Excerpts from the JONAH website: “As I contemplate my new life with a woman I love, I recognize the distorted views I internalized because of the sexual abuse I received from my father and from the innumerable sexual relationships I had with other men. I have often said about the sexual experiences I had with my father as I was growing up … the ones late at night in my bedroom … left me feeling like Kleenex: grabbed, groped, used, and then tossed aside without further thought. Initially as a 9 year old boy and later as a young man until about my 30th birthday, I would romanticize these experiences as his version of love for me because he could not show his love to me any other way. …” Link to the testimony.