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Keeping Up Appearances

November 27, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m a gay man and when I was a gay teenager I desperately wanted to be straight. I tried for 10 years. In the early 1990s, the information about ex-gay therapy began to appear on the Internet. I learned that it was the opinion of some therapists themselves that ex-gay men would never be cured. That, like a broken pot that had been put back together they would always bear the “scars” of being gay. I also read the opinion that as long as the ex-gay man acted outwardly as if he was cured, no matter what he felt inside, he could be said to be cured. It was then that I realized that ex-gay therapy was a complete sham. More recent revelations about ex-gay therapy have only re-enforced this opinion.

The parallels between ex-gay therapy and treatment for bipolar disorder are only superficial.

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