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bullet Dr. Robert Spitzer: "They have a choice whether to go into therapy, about whether they adopt a gay lifestyle, whether they tell their friends and their family. They don't have a choice as to whether their basic sexual orientation is gay or straight -- that they don't have a choice about." Dr. Spitzer's response to a question posed Scientific American Mind magazine in 2004-FEB: "Do gays have a choice?" 7 [Presumably to "adopt a gay lifestyle" means to choose to be sexually active rather than celibate.] 

Mental health therapies directed at homosexuals:

The two main types of therapy or counseling directed at gays and lesbians -- and to a lesser degree, bisexuals:

bulletGay Affirmative Therapy (GAT) directed at helping gays and lesbians become content with their sexual orientation; we will only discuss this briefly.
 
bullet Reparative therapy (a.k.a. Conversion Therapy) and Transformational Ministry programs often imply that they can change a gay's or lesbian's sexual orientation. However, their programs are actually directed at changing clients' sexual behavior. Almost all of the essays in this section discuss these two programs.

Topics on homosexual counseling and therapy in this section:

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bulletHomosexuality menu
bulletStatements by professional groups etc. about homosexuality.
bulletReligious beliefs of ex-gay and similar ministries about homosexuality

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bulletMark Benjamin, "My gay therapy session:" A reporter pretended to be gay and received an introductory session of reparative therapy by a Christian counselor. The cost to "either turn straight or get significant relief" would be $14,560. See: http://dir.salon.com/
bullet"Reparative or 'Conversion' Therapy," Public Health, Boulder County Colorado, at: http://www.co.boulder.co.us/

References:

  1. "Christian Ex-gay ministry hosts Chicago conference," Charisma. Online at Maranatha Christian Journal, at: http://www.mcjonline.com/news/news3280.htm 
  2. APA response copied from a reader's Email
  3. Stuart Shepard, "Ex-gays protest APA," Focus on the Family, at: http://www.family.org/cforum/fnif/news/A0011512.html
  4. G.M. Herek, "Attempts to change sexual orientation," at: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/facts_changing.html 
  5. "Aversion Therapy - Letter to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, " Outrage!, at: http://www.outrage.cygnet.co.uk/quintat2.htm
  6. Joe Kort, "So you'd like to learn about Gay Affirmative Therapy (GAT) at: http://www.amazon.com/ Kort has provided a list of 43 books on the topic.
  7. David Roberts, "Previously unreleased Spitzer video gives candid results," Ex-gay Watch, 2007-APR-05, at: http://www.exgaywatch.com/


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