Dr Robert Spitzer Denounces Ex-Gay Therapy in New Interview
Dr Robert Spitzer has recorded a new interview with Truth Wins Out in which he denounces most strongly the notion of ex-gay therapy.
Spitzer, whose 2001 study was used by ex-gay groups as evidence that a person can “choose to change,” has repeatedly disavowed the study this year, saying his findings were flawed on a number of fronts. In this new interview with Truth Wins Out, a leading anti-reparative therapy group, Spitzer once again highlights his belief that the study was flawed and also comments on reparative therapy groups like NARTH and the child recruiting PFOX.
Highlights include Spitzer denouncing the 2001 study:
“I was quite wrong in the conclusions that I made from this study. The study does not provide evidence, really, that gays can change. And that’s quite an admission on my part.”
“I’ve been thinking about the study for many years. I felt that I needed to say that, the study is not valid, but I thought I should also say to the gay community, I apologize for any harm I have done to them because of the study and my initial interpretation. And I certainly apologize to any gay person who because of this study entered into reparative therapy and wasted their time and energy doing that.”
As to NARTH’s Dr. Joseph Nicolosi attempting and failing to recruit people for Dr. Spitzer’s study, Spitzer drew this damning conclusion:
“He [Nicolosi] just didn’t have many patients who could really claim that they had changed.”
And as for the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) still using a video of Dr Spitzer on their website to suggest that change is possible:
“I ask that PFOX stop showing this video. This is quite misleading. I had no way, really, of knowing when I examined any particular subject whether they really had changed or whether they were deceiving themselves or even outright lying when they claimed that they had changed. So, please don’t show this to anyone.”
Spitzer also comments that he believes ex-gay therapists’ motivations preclude them from giving proper therapeutic care in this regard:
“The people who are pushing the ‘ex-gay’ idea are so full of hatred for homosexuality, really, that I don’t think they can respond in an ethical way.”
Watch the full video courtesy of Truth Wins Out below:
Image taken from video under fair use.