One of the funniest parts of Bruno is when Sacha Baron Cohen's flamboyant character tries to undergo gay-therapy, a stunt also attempted in this clip from the original Ali G Show. Well today the American Psychological Association announced that such therapy, typically administered by therapists with a tie to religious groups, does not succeed in making a patient straight. Surprise!
The APA says that instead of trying to change a patient's sexuality, therapists should encourage those who are troubled with their homosexuality for religious reasons to pursue celibacy or change churches. The conclusion that "reparative therapy" is unsuccessful and potentially harmful is no big surprise, but the panel did have some unexpected words for the mental health community. The leader of the panel that conducted the report, Judith Glassgold, said that while religious therapists must understand that therapy cannot change someone's sexuality, secular therapists must be understanding, too. To see what she had to say to these secular therapists,
"Both sides have to educate themselves better. The religious psychotherapists have to open up their eyes to the potential positive aspects of being gay or lesbian. Secular therapists have to recognize that some people will choose their faith over their sexuality."
What do you make of this report?