Sexual identity therapy: An interview with Dr. Nicholas Cummings

This is a draft of an article that is looking for a home. Dr. Cummings related his experience in private practice working personally with an estimated 2,000 plus gay clients. The HMO (Kaiser-Permanente) where he was Chief of Mental Health used their experience with between 15,000 and 16,000 gay and lesbian people to form policies that were implemented while he was there. He discloses this information here in print for the first time. Having interviewed Dr. Cummings, I understand better why he is … [Read more...]

NARTH adopts Leona Tyler Principle

February 8, 2007 - The Leona Tyler Principle, adopted by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1973, has just been unanimously adopted by NARTH's Governing Board on the advice of its Scientific Advisory Committee.In essence, the principle states that when psychologists are speaking as members of their profession, any advocacy in which they engage should be based on scientific data and demonstrable professional experience. Perhaps Dr. Tyler, then APA's president, was able to foresee … [Read more...]

Narth shuts down their blog

This note on the NARTH website, dated 2/5/07 announces the closing of NARTH's blog.February 5, 2007 - NARTH has decided to shut down the blog, effective today. The decision came after several discussions over the blog content and the nature of the discussions on it. We wish to thank all those who participated in the blog in a civil and constructive way. - NARTH Blog Committee … [Read more...]

CNN segment on Ted Haggard

I may add some additional comments later but I wanted to post the transcript of the Anderson Cooper CNN segment (scroll a bit over half way down the page) this evening regarding Ted Haggard's rehabilitation.The report was quite interesting with several points worthy of discussion. I felt Alan's tone and responses were reasonable and quite consistent with the sexual identity paradigm. The stance of the Human Rights Campaign representative was less so in my judgment.COOPER: Mark, you know … [Read more...]

Sit, Jesus. Stand, Jesus. Good Jesus. Bad Jesus.

Every movement, whether political, religious, economic or social, hinges on the values of that group and how effective those values are at creating the desired transformation and keeping the movement alive through both good and bad times. Every group has a leader, at some point in time, who best articulates and embodies those values. Such a leader can either create a movement outright or accelerate a movement already begun. In later years that leader is revered and idolized for his … [Read more...]

Maine youth club story

I have pulled this post pending further review. Lots of good people of all ideologies have expressed some concern with this post and I am going to take some time to examine their concerns. … [Read more...]

Kevin Jennings and Brewster revisited in light of Exodus discussion

I re-visit this story of Kevin Jennings of GLSEN to see what current readers think of how Mr. Jennings handled Brewster in light of our conversation about reporting abuse. We have been over this article some in the past, but I thought of it again in light of the Youth Standards discussion. Should Mr. Jennings have reported the behavior Brewster told him about? If any of my readers have access to GLSEN's youth standards, perhaps we can discuss them here. … [Read more...]

More on Exodus youth standards

Recently Peterson Toscano wrote a series of posts describing his belief that Exodus International provides inadequate guidelines to protect the safety of youth involved in it's programs.In the first of three posts, Peterson stated:On June 26, 2006 I initially left voice messages for Alan Chambers of Exodus International and another national ex-gay leader about inappropriate incidents that affected youth at an Exodus member ministry. I will not go into the details at this time, but I … [Read more...]


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