Reparative therapy information page

A reminder: I have a page dedicated to an examination of evidence for reparative therapy. More accurately, the page addresses the flaws of the theory and finds it inadequate as a general theory of same-sex attraction. Here is a sampling: Posts on the theory Reparative therapy for females – Discounts Janelle Hallman’s thesis that lesbians do not have “selves.” Father – Son estrangement – This brief post quotes research on father-son relationships in general and how that … [Read more...]

Sissy Boy Experiment, Part 3 – Nicolosi defends reparative therapy

In this segment, Ryan Kendall, former reparative therapyclient, alleges that he was mistreated by Joseph Nicolosi. For his part, Nicolosi can't remember Kendall. CNN's Randi Kaye produces bills and documentation from the clinic but Nicolosi can't recall the sessions. This is a component of the segment that I wanted to know more about. … [Read more...]

Column at HuffPo: Experts and Homosexuality: Don't Try This at Home

Huffington Post just published my op-ed about the Kirk Murphy story featured at Box Turtle Bulletin and CNN. Part 3 of the series on CNN wraps up tonight with former reparative therapy client, Ryan Kendall, and his former therapist (according to Kendall) Joseph Nicolosi. Here is the first few paragraphs, go on over to HuffPo and give the rest a read: Last week, Chuck Colson used his Breakpoint radio show and column to promote the theory that one can prevent homosexuality by altering … [Read more...]

CNN: Sissy Boy Experiment, Part 2; Nicolosi to be on tonight

At the end of Part 2 posted below, Ryan Kendall was on giving a preview of his appearance in Part 3 of the Sissy Boy series, on tonight. After Kendall was on, Anderson Cooper said that Kendall's therapist would also be on. According to Kendall, his therapist was Joe Nicolosi. We'll see... Here is Part 2 of the series: You can read some of Kendall's testimony in the Prop 8 CA gay marriage case here. … [Read more...]

CNN: Efforts to change feminine boy created a troubled man

Here is part one of Anderson Cooper's series on the Sissy Boy Experiment involving UCLA and George Rekers. … [Read more...]

A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality refers to George Rekers work with Kirk Murphy

As noted earlier today, CNN and Box Turtle Bulletin today broke the story of a former child patient of George Rekers who was treated to prevent homosexuality. According to the family, the results were not as portrayed by Rekers and some of the details are so discrepant that I wonder if UCLA will conduct an investigation. Clearly, the situation was not as portrayed in the 1974 report. Rekers went on from this graduate level research to make a name for himself in gender identity treatment. He … [Read more...]

The roots of preventing homosexuality: George Rekers uncovered at Box Turtle Bulletin

Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin has an extraordinary report on a young man treated by George Rekers in 1970. This is a must read and a significant contribution to understanding the roots of treatment for homosexuality. As most readers of this blog know, George Rekers, former NARTH board member, was caught with a male prostitute last year. His efforts to prevent homosexuality were unsuccessful on that personal level and according to Burroway had tragic consequences for a young man who launced … [Read more...]

McCollum contradicted Rekers in gay adoption case appeal

I posted last week that Florida Attorney General and Republican candidate for Governor, Bill McCollum hired George Rekers as an expert in a gay adoption case over the advice of his staff. The state lost the case and the ban on gay adoption was set aside by Judge Cindy Lederman. Lederman took strong exception to Rekers' work, saying that Rekers' testimony "was far from a neutral and unbiased recitation of the relevant scientific evidence." Despite the apparent harm the testimony did to the … [Read more...]

McCollum overruled assistant to hire Rekers as expert

Documents have been released demonstrating the process behind hiring George Rekers as an expert in the FL gay adoption case. His staff opposed hiring Rekers due to bias Rekers had demonstrated in prior cases and in his writings. McCollum's office was brought in by the Department of Children and Families to defend the state's three-decade old ban on gay adoption after it was challenged by Martin Gill. Gill is a North Miami man who wanted to adopt two foster children that are living with him and … [Read more...]

Rekers resigns from NARTH; website purge begins

UPDATE: Rekers continues to deny the claims of JoVanni Roman and says he is resigning to fight those claims. NARTH Responds to the Recent Media Coverage of Dr. George Rekers "I am immediately resigning my membership in NARTH to allow myself the time necessary to fight the false media reports that have been made against me. With the assistance of a defamation attorney, I will fight these false reports because I have not engaged in any homosexual behavior whatsoever. I am not gay and never … [Read more...]