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‘Ex-gay’ therapy on trial

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 11, 2007 | 11:15 am

The Bible Belt Blogger has been writing like crazy about the story he broke last month: President Bush’s nominee for surgeon general, James Holsinger, has taken a strong stance against homosexuality. Yesterday, he noted this article on The Huffington Post:

Holsinger believes in ex-gay therapy. He therefore views homosexuality as a curable disease. Every major, reputable medical organization rejects ex-gay therapy and the notion that homosexuality constitutes a mental illness. Every single one. The most notable of these organizations is the American Psychological Association, the country’s largest organization of mental health professionals. In 1974, the APA stopped listing homosexuality as a mental disorder; last year, the group issued a pointed repudiation  to the ideological proponents of ex-gay therapy. (It’s worth adding that conversion therapy supporters have not produced one single word of peer-reviewed work to support their theories).

Holsinger’s belief in discredited, crack-pot “conversion” therapy puts him in direct conflict with virtually the entire American medical community.

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