Loc: Los Angeles, CA
It is a fact that Dr. Nicolosi's approach to understanding homosexuality is rooted in theology. His position on homosexuality is governed by assumptions about natural law, derived from the metaphysics and anthropology of St. Thomas Aquinas. On the basis of his understanding of St. Thomas, he can make breathtaking statements like this, from the NARTH website article entitled "Gay As Self-Reinvention":
I wish to clarify my belief that there is no such thing as a gay person. Gay is a fictitious identity seized upon by an individual to resolve painful emotional challenges. The man who recognizes that he has a homosexual problem and struggles to overcome it is not "gay." He is, simply, "homosexual."
I am intimately familiar with Christian and therapeutic approaches to homosexuality that start from this basis. I am a veteran of "ex-gay ministry." I've been there, had the resulting breakdown, and did the real therapy to repair the damage that the "reparative therapy" created. In my opinion, the various professional organizations who have dismissed Dr. Nicolosi as a quack are entirely justified.
Similar quackery is advocated by individuals like Elizabeth Moberly, Andy Comiskey, Leanne Payne, and others. When challenged on the scientific validity of their theories, they immediately retreat to conspiracy theories ("the gay agenda") and loudly proclaim that their civil and religious rights are being violated. Sorry, gang. Dr. Nicolosi is not violating my religious rights when he says I as a gay man "don't exist," but he is indulging in absurd, offensive, non-scientific quackery, not to mention psychological and spiritual malpractice. And I'm not violating his religious rights when I say so.
Thank you, EFM, for your calm, fact-based and carefully researched posts to this thread. I wish I could be as intelligent and irenic about this topic as you are. But I still smart from the damage done to me by "reparative therapy." In fact, I think of myself as a survivor twice over - once of sexual abuse, then of the "ex-gay therapy" that was supposed to fix the damage but only made it much worse.
And just for the record, I was and remain a practicing Christian.
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Guys, I've been reading your replys on the link. I think I've come to the conclusion that Nicolosi is basically a quack. I'm sorry that the "gay therapy techniques" used on people have caused more damage than help. In my lifetime so far I have met some really nice gay people. I would have to say that I don't see any reason for them to have to change who they are. Everyone is different and that is what makes up the world. If we were all the same then life would be boring. I will say that I didn't do homework on Nicolosi before I posted the link. I am glad however that his damaging ways have been brought out in the light for all to see in this thread. I will keep looking for more info on SSA as that is a subject that many of us struggle with. Thanks for being civil towards each other in this discussion. Take care,
thanks Neveragain. I would like it if were all nice and friendly . Unfortanetley the children pay. I like it to leave it to the individual; wheather he/she would Wishes to B who they Are! I dont want people to tak eany thing frojmmy identity or PERsonALitY. Validation IS important, Always. To be unloved is sad. Very sad. James
Loc: United States
For those who want some more context and history about therapy to prevent boys from being gay, CNN began a three part series last night on "The 'Sissy-boy' Experiment: Therapy designed to make feminine boys more masculine".
In just the first part, I was struck by how a happy child's life can be turned into a nightmare by the manipulation and experimentation of adults, and that the impacts of this kind abuse can be life-long, and even life-ending.
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