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Rachel Maddow Takes on Ex-Gay Therapy (VIDEO)

Rachel Maddow Takes on Ex-Gay Therapy (VIDEO)

 

MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow this week devoted a segment to so-called ex-gay therapy and how Dr Robert Spitzer’s rejection of his 2001 study, a key landmark in the ex-gay therapy meme, should be a death blow to the myth that people can “choose to change” and renounce homosexuality.

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Ex-gay therapy groups have been decidedly quiet since Spitzer twice asked to withdraw his support from those findings and said the study was flawed.

Even in 2001, clinicians struggled against a media frenzy to point out that the selected group sample had all of them been referred by ex-gay groups (so may were already primed) and that the study only tracked participants’ reported change in sexuality and didn’t use other methods to test if their implicit feelings had in fact undergone any kind of change. The study was also faulted for having not even attempted to track if participants could in fact sustain their reported change over months or years.

Despite these many flaws, this one study published in a reputable journal has allowed the ex-gay therapy idea to blossom. However, while ex-gay groups have clamored to find studies that support their conclusions that sexual orientation change is possible (and in the case of NARTH that it is desirable because, they claim, homosexuality is deleterious to health), they have not been able to find support from the wider scientific community and have been forced to fund and peer review their own material, all of which has been found to be suspect in one way or another.

With segments like the Maddow piece above, it will surely be hoped that just as the mainstream media once publicized the ex-gay therapy lie, it might now spread the word that the study’s author has now admitted that his findings were flawed. This might also serve to restore the good name of Robert Spitzer who, after all, led the charge to depathologize homosexuality in the first place.

 

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12:40PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

I have a niece and nephew who are lesbian and gay respectively. They are so much happier since realizing they true identities, and all of the hundreds of people in this large family love them dearly for who they are. Instead of minding people's private choices we should be worrying about suffering: hunger, poverty, illness, abuse of all types, jobs, international affairs,etc..

5:23AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

love her!

6:41AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Love to hear folks speaking sense for a change.. wonderful.

6:07AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Rachel Maddow rocks! Always well-spoken and a pleasure to listen to.

8:32AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Being gay is part of the natural cycle. I didn't decide to be gay or heterosexual. All I remember is when I was around 11 or 12, breasts were suddenly terribly exciting. I had no idea why.
I am sure gay people had the same types of revelations at about the same time in their life.

The problem the gay people had, was, they didn't FIT in any recognizable camp.

They aren't going away folks and they have always been here. Get over it.

8:28AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Being gay is a problem in God's "creation of life" system.
While we are in the womb many things pass through our brains, many hormones, and its all a matter of timing that decides where we fit. If God didn't want it that way he wouldn't have created the system the way he did. He left room for variables. Us not liking it is mind numbingly unimportant. The system IS what it IS, created by God. Many people are born with both sets of organs. Sometimes the DR guesses wrong when he or she snips bits off.

Gay normally don't reproduce sooooo they are not important to people trying to build societies. Unfortunately Societies care more about themselves than they to about the individuals that make it up.

12:13AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

I like Rachel Maddow so much! I do not get to see her on my cable network, but see her on the Internet replays of her shows. We need a good liberal voice in media and she is an excellent one. I wish her much continued success!

7:53PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Lauren B. i loved "one nation under god". i love how they said they ended up in a the same room...with a king size bed and since that never happened before, they felt like god was telling them it was time to stop denying who they are. i wish more people would see it. another good one was "for the bible told me so"

5:39PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Rachel Maddow Thanks for this segment. I hope you continue with more segments on this topic. There is not now, nor has there ever been anything wrong with being gay.

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