NARTH co-founder and leader in “ex-gay therapy” movement Dead at 70
Psychologist Joseph Nicolosi, a co-founder of NARTH, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, has died at the age of 70. Nicolosi was an advocate and purveyor of so-called “reparative” or “conversion” therapy, a form of psychological torture most often inflicted on gay men, lesbians, and bisexual people that falsely purports to “change” them into heterosexuals.
Ex-gay therapy survivor Mathew Shurka, who has advocated to criminalize the practice here in Virginia and around the country, worked personally with Nicolosi during his 5 years of treatment.
“I have chills to my bones. Joseph and I had many phone conversations about my treatment and he trained every therapist that treated me,” said Shurka in a Facebook post. “This man’s reach touched every LGBT person who’s been through conversion therapy nationally and internationally over the last 20 years.”
Some in the so-called “ex-gay” movement also believe transgender people can be changed. Advocates of ex-gay therapy, which also include anti-gay hate groups and some faith-based organizations, believe homosexuality is wrong and immoral, an illness, or otherwise against human nature.
“We are deeply saddened and shocked to announce the death of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi yesterday in California from complications from the flu,” Nicolosi’s Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic announced, according to The Daily Beast.
“I do not believe that any man can ever be truly at peace in living out a homosexual orientation,” Nicolosi said, according to Truth Wins Out, an organization created to fight the ex-gay movement. “I think the homosexual condition has certain limitations to it. I think that two men in a relationship have difficulty and two women would have difficulty where there is a certain compatibility between male and female.”
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ABC News’ “20/20″ Friday night will report on anti-gay so-called conversion therapy camps run by pastors and preachers who use “the Bible and sometimes the belt” to try to change children from being homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual. Despite the practice being emotionally damaging and dangerous, despite being opposed by every major medical organization in [...]March 10, 2017
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