On August 5, 2009, the American Psychological Association declared that mental health professionals shouldn’t tell gay clients they can change their sexual orientation through so-called reparative therapy.
Based upon 83 studies on sexual orientation change, they reported no solid evidence exists that such change is likely. The report further stated that efforts to change one’s sexual orientation could be harmful, creating depression and suicidal tendencies.
This was a hard-learned lesson by many people who attempted to change their sexual orientation through organizations associated with the “Ex-gay” movement.
Many of those same people have come to publicly accept that their sexual orientation falls under the LGBT umbrella, giving rise to the “Ex-ex-gay” movement.
Tens of thousands of gay servicemembers have been kicked out of the U.S. military both before and after the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. And with the U.S. Senate’s December, 2010 vote to repeal that policy, it is fitting we remember the very first discharged – Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin. It all [...]