Monday, January 28, 2008
Former "Ex-Gay" Shares His Experience of NARTH
In the lead up to tomorrow night’s CPCSM-sponsored event, “The Myth of ‘Conversion Therapy’ and the Pseudo-Science of NARTH,” I’d like to share with you a very informative and insightful testimony by Daniel Gonzales (pictured above), a young gay man who attempted to change his sexual orientation under the “guidance” of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, founder of the National Association for Research and Therapy on Homosexuality (NARTH).
As has been noted previously on The Wild Reed weblog, Coadjutor Archbishop John Nienstedt, the incoming archbishop of the St. Paul/Minneapolis Archdiocese, is a supporter of both Nicolosi and NARTH. For this reason, he has been invited to tomorrow night’s presentation. He has yet to respond to CPCSM’s invitation.
NARTH is also endorsed by Courage, the only “support” group for homosexual people that is officially sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church.
For me, the most insightful aspect of Gonzales’ five minute-long testimony is when he highlights the “two biggest lies” that drive people into any form of “ex-gay” therapy. These “lies” are that a person cannot live their life as a gay person and be a good Christian, and that being gay is not a viable or fulfilling way to live one’s life.
The saddest part of Gonzales’ story is how his experience of the ex-gay movement and thus reparative (or conversion) therapy, contributed to the loss of his faith.
See also the related Wild Reed posts:
“Conversion Therapy” and the Pseudo-Science of NARTH
Far from “Innocuous”
From Rome to Minneapolis, Dialogue is What’s Needed
Archbishop Nienstedt’s “Learning Curve”: A Suggested Trajectory
The Many Forms of Courage
Be Not Afraid: You Can Be Happy and Gay
The Many Manifestations of God’s Loving Embrace
Trusting God’s Generous Invitation
Sons of the Church: The Witnessing of Catholic Gay Men - A Discussion Guide
The Triumph of Love: An Easter Reflection
What Scientists in the UK are Saying About Homosexuality
New Studies: Gay Couples as Committed as Straight Couples
“Gaydar,” “Gendermaps,” and the “Fundamentally Social Purpose” of Homosexuality
When Quackery Goes Mainstream
Recommended Off-Site Links:
About NARTH - from the website of the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
Ex-Ex-Gays - a collection of posts (including several written by Daniel Gonzales) from the Box Turtle Bulletin weblog.
What the Science Does - and Doesn’t Say - About Homosexuality - information about a great Soulforce-produced resource.