JONAH Guilty of Consumer Fraud According to NJ Jury

That didn't take long.Today, the jury in the sexual orientation change case in NJ said Jews Offering New Alternatives to Healing (JONAH) was guilty of consumer fraud by claiming sexual orientation can be changed.According the report, the jury found that JONAH founders Arthur Goldberg and Elaine Berk and life coach Alan Downing: ...engaged in unconscionable commercial practices" and misrepresented their services. This is a big deal and should have a chilling effect on such services el … [Read more...]

PATH Member PFOX Files Amicus Brief in the Prop 8 Case

Citing the "change is possible" mantra, PFOX has filed an amicus brief in the Prop 8 case arguing against marriage rights for gays. This is not surprising but I have some observations about their strategy.In this brief, PFOX continues its odd logic of considering ex-gays to be a protected class while at the same time hoping to remove/prevent protected class status for gays. On page 4, the brief asserts:Government authorities and other organizations recognize ex-gays as a group which … [Read more...]

Reparative Therapy Makeover Continues: When Reparative Isn’t Reparative

Past president of the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality is trying really hard to distance her organization from history and the organization's leaders. In an article posted on NARTH's website, Hamilton comments on her recent appearance on the Dr. Oz show (see my posts on that subject here and here) and makes a case that...the term “reparative” never referred to trying to “repair” someone. It was originally used to refer to the “Reparative Theory” that when a chi … [Read more...]

Evergreen Celebrates the Nobleman

In 2010, the Jewish ex-gay group Jonah began recommending the human potential group Celebration of Being to constituents as a step on the ex-gay journey. At the time, I wondered if CoB would become a "new way to ex-gay." Now People Can Change and Mormon ex-gay group Evergreen International are joining in.A notice from Evergreen offers:Breakthrough Healing with Women: The Noble Man WorkshopCelebration of the Noble Man: Healing Men's Wounds With Women. An intensive experience for men … [Read more...]

NPR addresses controversy over Journey into Manhood story

Via the Advocate.Called, "The Furor over Conversion Therapy" NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos attempted to address the issues raised by critics in the aftermath of the report.Go give it a read but I don't think NPR still gets it.Just want to get the link up now, I will have more to say shortly, especially about NPR's characterizations of Wyler's therapy.UPDATE: Well it took me awhile but here are some links to posts at Religion Dispatches about the NPR's … [Read more...]

Journey into Manhood on ABC Nightline tonight

Well, if they do what they normally do, this should be entertaining.I wonder if they will do the Cohen hold? … [Read more...]

Writer Journeys into Manhood undercover

According to a Salt Lake City newspaper, writer Ted Cox wanted to know what an ex-gay program was like so he signed up for a Journey into Manhood weekend in Utah. He planned to write a story about it but was derailed by JIM founder Rich Wyler.Cox, a former Mormon, is a heterosexual who, earlier this year, pretended to be gay in order to attend a JiM workshop for men wanting to “overcome same-sex attractions.”Upon learning of Cox’s story proposal, JiM founder and life coach Rich Wyler qui … [Read more...]

Masculinity and same-sex attraction

I was talking to an acquaintance who attended a Journey into Manhood weekend. He was disappointed that his attractions to the same sex did not evaporate after the weekend. To be sure, he felt a greater sense of masculinity and much less self-conscious. During the first week or two after the weekend, he seemed to notice women more and did not feel the usual tug to look at gay porn. However, after awhile he noticed something unexpected. At what he felt was the height of his feelings of security … [Read more...]