NYT: Psychologists Reject Gay ‘Therapy’


The American Psychological Association has adopted a resolution as well as published a report that so-called ‘ex-gay’ therapy is ineffective and often harmful….

Duh!  That is because you cannot make someone stop being gay, because being gay is not a choice.  Although I am glad the APA released this report, it is just pathetic that such a report even needs to be published.

From the New York Times:

The American Psychological Association declared Wednesday that mental health professionals should not tell gay clients they can become straight through therapy or other treatments.

In a resolution adopted by the association’s governing council, and in an accompanying report, the association issued its most comprehensive repudiation of so-called reparative therapy, a concept espoused by a small but persistent group of therapists, often allied with religious conservatives, who maintain that gay men and lesbians can change.

No solid evidence exists that such change is likely, says the resolution, adopted by a 125-to-4 vote. The association said some research suggested that efforts to produce change could be harmful, inducing depression and suicidal tendencies.

Instead of seeking such change, the association urged therapists to consider multiple options, which could include celibacy and switching churches, for helping clients live spiritually rewarding lives in instances where their sexual orientation and religious faith conflict.

The association has criticized reparative therapy in the past, but a six-member panel added weight to that position by examining 83 studies on sexual orientation change conducted since 1960. Its report was endorsed by the association’s governing council in Toronto, where the association’s annual meeting is being held this weekend.

The report breaks ground in its detailed and nuanced assessment of how therapists should deal with gay clients struggling to remain loyal to a religious faith that disapproves of homosexuality.

Judith Glassgold, a psychologist in Highland Park, N.J., who led the panel, said she hoped the document could help calm the polarized debate between religious conservatives who believe in the possibility of changing sexual orientation and the many mental health professionals who reject that option.

“Both sides have to educate themselves better,” Ms. Glassgold said. “The religious psychotherapists have to open up their eyes to the potential positive aspects of being gay or lesbian. Secular therapists have to recognize that some people will choose their faith over their sexuality.”

One of the largest organizations promoting the possibility of changing sexual orientation is Exodus International, a network of ministries whose core message is “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ.”

Its president, Alan Chambers, describes himself as someone who “overcame unwanted same-sex attraction.” Mr. Chambers and other evangelicals met with association representatives after the panel was formed in 2007, and he expressed satisfaction with parts of the report that emerged.

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AFA Upset Over AAA “Family” Discount


From Gay Agenda:

AAAHere we go again.  The anti-gay American Family Association, lead by the Religious Right nut job Donald E. Wildmon, (living proof that Satan is alive on earth and more than likely never finished the second grade) has his panties in a wad over the American Automobile Association’s decision to offer Gay & Lesbian couples a “family” membership.

On AFA’s website, they have an email form in place where anti-gay bigots can email AAA’s CEO to proclaim their displeasure with the organization for treating GLBT citizens as…well…citizens.  Below is the text of that email.

Dear Mr. Darbelnet:

My family and I are deeply shocked and saddened that AAA would alter its Family Membership policy to include recognizing homosexual couples as being “married.”

Thirty states have overwhelmingly voted to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.  Yet AAA is treating homosexual couples as if they are married.

My family and I ask you to immediately reverse this policy of recognizing homosexual couples as if they were “married.”

I will share your response with my family and friends.

“Deeply shocked and saddened.” I suppose Donny has failed to remember that certain states have ended marriage discrimination against Gay and Lesbian couples, and I suppose he also has failed to remember that many of those couples have children which make them…well…a family.

I think we should all send an email to AAA to let them know how pleased we are with their decision to treat LGBT families as citizens and thank them for taking a step in the right direction by not letting religious ideology that promotes hate, intolerance, bigotry and discrimination.

You can send a note of thanks to:

MemberRelations@national.aaa.com

Or write a letter of thanks to:

Robert L. Darbelnet, CEO
AAA
1000 AAA Dr.
Heathrow, FL  32746

Or simply pick up the phone and call:

407-444-8402

Let’s do our part to assure AAA their efforts towards equality and inclusion are greatly appreciated!

So everyone…gay, lesbian, transgendered, bisexual, allies, and friends…please take the moment out of your day to send an e-mail, a letter, or make a phone call.

We have to thank those companies that support equality for their actions and not allow them to succumb to the pressures of the enemies of equal rights.  An e-mail takes less than a moment, and it’s effect is well worth your time!

Intolerance is Ignorance


I just don’t understand how some people can be so misguided and hold such incredibly wrong and bigoted opinions at this point in time.  We have the world at our fingertips and have countless amounts of information at our disposal, so how can we continue to be so incredibly ignorant to some issues?

Please read this blog and feel free to comment.

Donald Trump tells homophobic Miss California – You’re Fired!


According to TMZ, Carrie Prejean–the infamous Miss California that has become a spokesperson for the “religious right” and touts their opposition to marriage equality–has been stripped of her title.

Although Trump originally decided against revoking the title when controversial revealing photos of Prejean began circulating on the internet–and he seemed to merely overlook her celebrity appearances and homophobic rhetoric at anti-gay events and TV shows–Trump has apparently become irritated by her failure to fulfill contractual obligations.  The report specifically states that she was ousted solely due to her failure to fulfill contractual obligations, and the decision had nothing to do with her religious or political beliefs.

Stripped of her title as Miss California

Carrie Prejean stripped of her title as Miss California