New York state Senator Brad Hoylman is set to introduce a bill that would outlaw ex-gay therapy for those under the age of 18. Ex-gay therapy is the “controversial” therapy that has been sold as a cure for homosexuality. Of course, if there is anyone who can be pointed to about just how effective ex-gay therapy is, it would be John Paulk.
Back in the 1990′s, Paulk sold ex-gay therapy as a cure for the dreaded gayness. Today, he has had to admit that it couldn’t cure even him. For that matter, Alan Chambers, the erstwhile leader of Exodus International, has admitted that ex-gay therapy won’t cure people from being gay.
Holyman will be joined by straight ally Michael Gianaris, and open lesbian Assemblywoman Deborah Glick in pushing the bill. The intention would be to bar licensed mental health providers from trying to change the sexual orientation of those under 18. Those who ignore the law would be cited for unprofessional conduct and would be subject to licensing sanctions.
Despite claims such as those of Reverent Jason McGuire, the executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, the number of people who supposedly have left the “homosexual lifestyle” is so numerous that no one has bothered to count them. Which is to say, no one knows because none of the people who have pushed it have actually bothered to keep statistics.
McGuire claimed that “I simply believe that those in the homosexual community should recognize that there is a significant population in that community that want to leave that lifestyle and pursue a heterosexuality lifestyle. People should respect their choice to pursue that.”
Ex-gay therapy has been rejected by the mainstream mental health community as well as by people who once under went it and pushed it as their commercial livelihood. Both Paulk and Chambers have no made it clear that ex-gay therapy doesn’t work, and they aren’t the only ones.
For his part, Hoylman, who has a husband and a two-year-old daughter at home, stated “It not only is impossible, but it is detrimental to young people to attempt to convert them. It also increases the stigma in society and creates a culture of unacceptance for young gay and lesbian people.”
To date, no actual data has been provided showing that ex-gay therapy works, or even that it lasts.