Robert Spitzer, one of the leading psychiatrists in the US, recently did something remarkable. He was apologizing for a study -- first presented in and published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior in -- that examined at whether or not therapy could make gay people straight. After all, Dr. Spitzer was also one of the psychiatrists who lead the charge in the early s to remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM , the official system for classifying mental disorders in the United States.
Sean Philpott - You Can't Pray the Gay Away
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While some areas of the Unites States have made tremendous progress in securing rights for gay people, Bible Belt states lag behind. Not only do most Bible Belt gays lack domestic partner benefits, lesbians and gay men can still be fired from some places of employment in many regions of the Bible Belt for being a homosexual. In Pray the Gay Away , Bernadette Barton argues that conventions of small town life, rules which govern Southern manners, and the power wielded by Christian institutions serve as a foundation for both passive and active homophobia in the Bible Belt. She explores how conservative Christian ideology reproduces homophobic attitudes and shares how Bible Belt gays negotiate these attitudes in their daily lives. Drawing on the remarkable stories of Bible Belt gays, Barton brings to the fore their thoughts, experiences and hard-won insights to explore the front lines of our national culture war over marriage, family, hate crimes, and equal rights.
Pray the Gay Away?
The episode, hosted by Ling , profiles several people as they seek to reconcile their homosexuality with their Christianity. Speaking for those who believe that Christianity and homosexuality are incompatible was Alan Chambers , president of Exodus International , an ex-gay organization. Also interviewed were Janet Boynes, a woman who states she "walked away" from lesbianism eleven years earlier and who now runs her own ex-gay ministry, a man named Christian whom Janet has been counseling for the last four years and another man named Ethan, whom Ling met at an Exodus conference. Each of the men acknowledged that they still had feelings of attraction to the same sex. Only Boynes said she had no such feelings.
Germany recently declared it will make it illegal for people to practise conversion therapy, should the UK do the same? Whilst Pride is a time to celebrate, not everyone feels able to do so. There are people across the world, including in the UK, going through conversion therapy also known as reparative treatment. This is shocking, but sadly still happening.