New York Times covers sexual reorientation issue

Michael Luo has a story in the New York Times this morning titled, "Some Tormented by Homosexuality Look to a Controversial Therapy." Intended to provide coverage of reorientation efforts in the greater New York City area, the article reviews some familiar ground.The article focuses on Corey Larson, a young man who is seeking change through People Can Change and David Matheson, a student of Joe Nicolosi's. At first read, it looks to me like a surface review of some issues that breaks little … [Read more...]

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...]

Church coalition files FCC complaint over suicide of Brent Dugan

David Blakeslee posted in January about Reverend Brent Dugan's tragic death in Mercer, PA hotel room. Now, a coalition of Pittsburgh area church denominations have filed a complaint with the FCC surrounding the reporting of KDKA - Pittsburgh.The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posted a complete copy of the letter filed by the "Christian Associates, a regional ecumenical association representing 15 Christian denominations."I will be adding background and information on this matter as I find it. … [Read more...]

Has the real Donnie Davies finally stood up?

This email purports to speak for the "real" Donnie Davies (is it you Joey?) with the low down on the whole gig.Thanks to "arlopop," a commenter here for this link.UPDATE: 2/9/07 - Early today, this YouTube video showed up with a "hot tub interview" of the Donnie Davies crew. I am not enbedding it here because it gets a little risque in a place or two. So watch at your own risk.If you don't want to watch it, essentially you have YouTube user "bsnation" providing webcam interviews of … [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...]

Are love and sex bidirectional?

Some interesting recent articles online from the APA Monitor. Specifically this one detailing the interface of romance and sexual attractions brings into mainstream discussion research and theorizing very relevant to the definition of ex-gays and change.Daryl Bem briefly anticipated some applications of this work in July, 2005 on his website.The subtitle of the APA article, "Why romantic love isn't limited by a person's sexual orientation" does not convey the bidirectional nature of … [Read more...]

Ted Haggard emails his former flock

Not sure how you get three years of analysis in three weeks, but here is a little insight into Mr. Haggard's rehab. Further, the overseers reveal in a Denver Post article that he now believes he is "completely heterosexual." There's your long term therapy, your brief therapy and now, your microwavable therapy. I guess the commercials are sometimes true: Life comes at you fast. … [Read more...]

More on sexual identity therapy and values

Emails are running mostly positive regarding the sexual identity therapy paradigm. Used by permission, here is a reaction to the column, A Valued Life:Good morning Dr. Throckmorton:As a 63 year old man who has struggled with same sex sexual attractions for as long as I can remember, I found the subject of the article [A Valued Life] refreshing and insightful. Like Jim, my family background fits the stereotypical view concerning bonding with the same sex parent. My father was emotionally … [Read more...]