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Gays / Reparative Therapy / A Discussion #1034443

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012
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(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) A look at "reparative therapy," a practice that claims to make gay people straight, introduced. [Plaintiff Chaim LEVIN†- criticizes "conversion therapy" as a scam.] A lawsuit against JONAH by four people noted; details given of allegations in the lawsuit and of criticism of reparative therapy from the American Psychiatric Assn.

(Los Angeles: Randi Kaye) The story of Ryan Kendall†, who received reparative therapy through NARTH† to change his sexual orientation, presented; details given about the program using "sissy boy experiments" as devised by psychologist George Rekers† to prevent homosexuality. [KENDALL - reacts to the therapy process and the constant religious refrain; recalls wanting to kill himself for a decade.] [Clinical psychologist Joseph NICOLOSI†- offers denials.] [REKERS - reacts to the man's suicide.] The APA's position on this kind of therapy noted.

(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Live discussion held with Michael Ferguson† and Southern Poverty Law Center deputy legal director Christine Sun, two of the members of the lawsuit against JONAH. [FERGUSON - comments on the "strange interventions" and the trauma of the message you are broken and need to be fixed; notes the tragedy of the position that parents are to blame for making children homosexual.] [SUN - says JONAH's approach is fraudulent; notes the aim of the lawsuit is to shed light on what the conversion therapy treatments are.]

Blitzer, Wolf;
Kaye, Randi

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