Gay men sue conversion therapy group for failing to deliver.

This is interesting.  A group of gay men and their families are suing a “conversion therapy” center on the grounds that it failed to make them straight.

Bruck and three male plaintiffs contend they were defrauded by JONAH’s claim that “being gay is a mental disorder” that could be reversed by conversion therapy — “a position rejected by the American Psychiatric Association four decades ago,” the lawsuit said.

The therapy, which can cost up to $10,000 a year, put them at risk of “depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior,” while giving them no benefits, the suit said.

Jo Bruck, Sheldon’s mother, and Bella Levin, the mother of plaintiff Chaim Levin, are also plaintiffs because they paid for their sons’ conversion therapy and the counseling the suit said they needed to recover from it.

The conversion therapy techniques included having them strip naked in group sessions, cuddling and intimate holding of others of the same-sex, violently beating an effigy of their mothers with a tennis racket, visiting bath houses “in order to be nude with father figures,” and being “subjected to ridicule as ‘faggots’ and ‘homos’ in mock locker room scenarios,” the suit said.

“As long as you put in the effort, you’re going to change,” Goldberg told Bruck in the summer of 2009, the lawsuit said.

Good for them.

What’s more, I’m sorry anybody ever paid to be treated in the fashion described in that article.

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