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Gay Therapy / California / The Treatment / A Discussion #1021953

CNN Evening News for Friday, May 11, 2012
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The legislation in California to put restrictions on reparative therapy designed to change people's sexual orientation introduced.

(Los Angeles: Randi Kaye) Gay therapy aimed at changing them to straight examined; details given about the "treatment" of homosexuality starting in the 1970s. [Treated with reparative therapy, Ryan KENDALL†- says gay is part of his fundamental being and the treatment emphasized the religious side; outlines what the treatment did to him: made him want to kill himself for a decade.] [Clinical psychologist Joseph NICOLOSI†- says he does not remember Kendall's case.] [Psychologist George REKERS†- reacts to the patient's death.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Ryan Kendall and Dr. Jack Dresher about gay therapy. [KENDALL - says he underwent therapy for a year and a half; states it was a terrible decade in his life due to the therapy.] [DRESHER - comments on the lack of evidence for this kind of therapy: we don't know what causes homosexuality or heterosexuality; raises questions about the proposed California legislation.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Kaye, Randi

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