Are Sexual Preferences Changeable?
Warren Throckmorton, PhD
July 19, 2005
â€(Wayne) Besen tracks down a dizzying array of former ex-gay leaders who later came out of the closet for good, including the two founders of Exodus.â€ From an article by Mark Benjamin on Salon.com, July 18, 2005.
The article containing the above quote is entitled, â€œTurning Off Gaysâ€ and is the first of a four part series on the Internet site, Salon.com. The series is billed as â€œan investigation into the Christian netherworld of â€˜reparative therapy,â€™ a disputed practice to convert gays and lesbians into heterosexuals.â€ The topic is important to many due to the current curiosity, both scientific and popular, regarding the nature of sexual orientation.
Are sexual preferences changeable? Activist Wayne Besen, quoted above has made a career out of claiming that such change is impossible. As evidence, the Salon article, referencing Mr. Besen, claims that there were two founders of a prominent organization of former homosexuals, Exodus International, and that both of them reverted to homosexuality.
Are these claims accurate? Let me cut to the chase. Mostly, they are not true. In fact, after investigating the matter, I found that there were more than two people on the founding board of Exodus. Of these founders, only one reverted to homosexuality. Furthermore, one of the two men referred to by Mr. Besen was never in leadership with Exodus.
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