Gay rights groups have condemned this piece, saying that USA Today should not have published it. Why? They argue the “strong consensus” among “most” medical professionals that the practice is at least ineffective, if not harmful to those who undergo it. Of course, they haven’t asked the patients themselves! Ironically the author is a past-president of the American Psychological Association
USA Today 30 July 2013
TheSouthern Poverty Law Centerhas done amazing service for our nation in fighting prejudice. But it has gone astray in its recentNew Jersey lawsuit charging JONAH, formerly Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, a group that offers to help gay people change their orientation, with committing consumer fraud. The sweeping allegation that such treatment must be a fraud because homosexual orientation can’t be changed is damaging. The lawsuit is theopening salvo of a wave of activism intended to discredit therapy offered in 70 clinics across 20 states, according to the SPLC.
When I was chief psychologist for Kaiser Permanente from 1959 to 1979, San Francisco’s gay and lesbian population burgeoned. I personally saw more than 2,000 patients with same-sex attraction, and my staff saw thousands more. We worked hard to develop approaches to meeting the needs of these patients.