Focus on the Family: APA and Ex-Gay Ministries
This past week, the American Psychological Association declared their opposition to the theory that homosexual people can be “fixed” by reparative therapy like that used in Exodus and other ex-gay ministries.
The definitive statements came from the board’s examination of dozens of case studies in changing sexual orientation, reaching as far back as 1960. The APA reports that “no solid evidence exists that such change is likely… and some research suggests that efforts to produce change could be harmful, inducing depression and suicidal tendencies.”
The APA went on to address homosexuals who are a part of faith communities that do not affirm their sexual orientation, and gives advice to the therapists who may counsel patients with this problem.
“The Westword,” Denver’s hippest source for news and culture, keeps a surprisingly close eye on the (dare I say) not-so-hip “Focus on the Family.” They ran this article yesterday, saying that FOTF and other anti-gay ministries are likely not to heed the APA’s suggestions, but will continue their both futile and sometimes harmful attempts to help people changing their sexual orientation.
Also, read the entire APA findings in PDF here.