PFOX and affiliate The Pacific Justice Institute, in the next step of their campaign against California’s move to ban gay cure therapy being used on minors, have released a video that compares being gay to alcohol abuse and depression.
Watch the propaganda below:
It’s important to point out that PFOX, intentionally meant to sound like the gay-affirming PFLAG, bills itself as the Parents and Friends of Gays and Ex-Gays. However, this video shows the organization, that thrives on the lie that you can “choose to change,” is anything but.
“Same-sex attraction” isn’t a medical condition. Homosexuality was depathologized in 1973, so what they are really talking about in this video is attempting to cure something that isn’t a disorder. That’s unethical.
Furthermore, with Dr Robert Spitzer’s repeated statements that his 2001 study did not show any evidence of success for change therapy, and this being the only known mainstream study that has ever affirmed (if erroneously) the idea that you can change your sexual orientation, PFOX and the Pacific Justice Institute is making this claim based solely on the discredited and widely challenged work of gay cure groups like NARTH and Exodus. Incidentally, mainstream medical groups have called ex-gay therapy biased “quackery.”
Secondly, the use of teenagers in this video is appalling: it demonstrates ex-gay groups’ predilection for playing the “think of the children” card while completely ignoring the fact that they are using young people to advance their agenda. If anything, it proves a need for California’s SB 1172 to protect kids from opportunistic ex-gay therapists.
That the video also tries to advance that SB 1172 would take away a teenagers’ right to choose is based on the misinformation that “same-sex attraction” is a choice. This is unproven. It also neglects what several medical bodies have expressed as being the proper way to deal with sexual orientation anxiety: because homosexuality is a normal and healthy expression of human sexuality, the APA and other medical groups say treatment should center on affirmation of the identity of the patient. Kids deserve to have medically proven and peer reviewed treatments when they reach out to medical clinicians. Ex-gay therapy is neither of those things.
Last, banning ex-gay therapy being used in the treatment of minors is not a parental rights issue–the government does not allow parents to abuse children and actively legislates against it. Ex-gay therapy has been shown to be emotionally damaging in many cases. A safeguard in this area is not only viable, it is responsible.
What is SB 1172, California’s Ban on Ex-Gay Therapy?
Introduced by Senator Ted Lieu, SB 1172 would limit California’s health professionals from engaging in so-called sexual orientation change efforts, sometimes known as conversion or reparative therapy, with minors.
The legislation, the first of its kind in the US, passed 23 votes to 13 in the state Senate last month. It is believed the General Assembly has enough votes to pass the legislation and that Gov. Jerry Brown will sign, but voicing your support will be vital in ensuring the bill becomes law.