In a report released in August 2009, the American Psychological Association declared that mental health professionals shouldn’t tell gay clients they can become straight through therapy. The report said no solid evidence existed that gay people can be changed to straight – in fact attempts to do so could produce depression and suicidal tendencies.
Exodus International is the largest organization that promotes changing one’s sexual orientation. Their core message is, “Freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ.”
Michael Bussee and Gary Cooper helped form Exodus in the 1970’s and led workshops they hoped would lead gays and lesbians to the heterosexual “promised land.”
Ironically, Michael and Gary fell in love. They left Exodus and their wives in 1979.
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 [...]