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APA: You Can't Pray the Gay Away

APA: You Can't Pray the Gay Away

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,


Glassgold explained:

"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?

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Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I don't have a problem with people of faith at all, and I respect their choices and views. I also believe that it's wrong to try and turn homosexual people "straight". But I just see bruno as what it is, a comedy, and a pretty funny one at that.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I respect peoples faith. What I don't agree with is putting those that are different down just because they don't agree with their life style or because they don't "follow the word of God." Scrutinizing homosexuals without knowing about the nature of their sexuality is something that I just can understand. I respect that for some people the bible is very important but you can't take everything too literal. I think that we have to deal with a lot of horrible things, they should focus on doing something about thinks that do harmful rather than focusing on others sexual preference.
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