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American Psychological Association Condemns Ex-Gay Fraud

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Truth Wins Out Applauds APA for Taking Strong Stand Against Anti-Gay Pseudo-Science

8/11/2006 9:13:00 AM

To: National Desk

Contact: Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out, 917-691-5118, or wbesen@TruthWinsOut.org Web: http://www.TruthWinsOut.org

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 11 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Truth Wins Out praised the American Psychological Association (APA) today for its powerful condemnation of conversion therapy -- a pseudo-science that purports to transform gay people into heterosexuals.

"Truth Wins Out applauds the APA for taking a strong stand against quack science and not buckling to a transparent PR campaign designed to politically pressure the APA into abandoning reputable and respectable research," said TWO's Executive Director Wayne Besen. "Conversion therapy is a contrived 'cure' that is nothing more than Scripture cloaked as science and religion masquerading as research."

This morning, a coalition of anti-gay political groups, led by the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, staged a protest against the APA for its rejection of conversion therapy. Even though these groups offer no scientific evidence that people can alter sexual orientation, they are demanding that the APA change its current position which says that such unsubstantiated efforts can often be destructive and damaging to patients.

In response to today's political picket at the APA's annual convention, the APA today released the following statement, obtained by Truth Wins Out:

"For over three decades the consensus of the mental health community has been that homosexuality is not an illness and therefore not in need of a cure. The APA's concern about the positions espoused by NARTH and so-called conversation therapy is that they are not supported by the science. There is simply no sufficiently scientifically sound evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Our further concern is that the positions espoused by NARTH and Focus on the Family create an environment in which prejudice and discrimination can flourish."

By 1974, the American Psychological Association stopped viewing homosexuality as a mental disorder. It did so, because it was determined that prejudice instead of proof was responsible for the original diagnosis. Ironically, the groups that are criticizing the APA use bizarre techniques to "cure" homosexuals. Some of their methods include exorcisms, repossessing a client's Calvin Klein underwear because it is deemed "too gay," taking Prozac and drinking Gatorade in an effort to make men more masculine, according to Truth Wins Out.


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