In Texas, the parents of Sarah (see gofundme campaign) is sending this bright 17 year old to a “Pray the Gay” Away school. You would think that these parents (brain-washed by religion) would at least look at the aftermath of their decision. What they have done is tell their daughter that she is SECOND CLASS – that her born sexual orientation is “sinful” and “abnormal.” We can tell their daughter that they are “tough love” parents or “we are doing this for your own good” or “we are doing this for God, as He is No.1”
What the daughter feels is rejection from a set of parents. He has defied and embarrassed them by taking a girlfriend to her prom. She knows she is a lesbian. She is proud of being a lesbian. What the parents need to know is that “in the name of God” they are showing themselves to be UNChristian and are risking, that these kind of rejections often result in the child totally disowning them or at the worse – committing suicide
American Psychological Association,
According to a 2009 report of the American Psychological Association, the techniques therapists have used to try to change sexual orientation and gender identity include inducing nausea, vomiting, or paralysis while showing the patient homoerotic images; providing electric shocks; having the individual snap an elastic band around the wrist when aroused by same-sex erotic images or thoughts; using shame to create aversion to same-sex attractions; orgasmic reconditioning; and satiation therapy. Other techniques include trying to make patients’ behavior more stereotypically feminine or masculine, teaching heterosexual dating skills, using hypnosis to try to redirect desires and arousal, and other techniques—all based on the scientifically discredited premise that being LGBT is a defect or disorder.
WAIT, I’M JUST SENDING MY CHILD TO A ‘PRAY THE GAY’ AWAY CHRISTIAN BOARDING SCHOOL
Using the Bible to humiliate a homosexual young person is wrong!
To go to the core of a person’s being – and state that that person is somehow inferior in their creation – is, in my mind, an insult to a God who does not make a mistake in creation. All around is are examples of diversity.
The ridiculous idea that our core sexual orientation can be changed if as ridiculous as praying that we will be made taller, or have a different eye colour -= or that we might change our skin colour.
Being locked in a school 24:7 and being bombarded with selective scriptures can only cause psychological damage. How bad is Conversion Therapy whether it is done in a therapist’s office or in a Christian school can best be summed up by the American Psychiatrist Association report in 2000: In the last four decades, ‘reparative’ therapists have not produced any rigorous scientific research to substantiate their claims of cure.”
In 2009 they spoke of the dangers of trying to reverse a person’s born sexual orientation:
the reported risks of the practices include: depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal, suicidality, substance abuse, stress, disappointment, self-blame, decreased self-esteem and authenticity to others, increased self-hatred, hostility and blame toward parents, feelings of anger and betrayal, loss of friends and potential romantic partners, problems in sexual and emotional intimacy, sexual dysfunction, high-risk sexual behaviors, a feeling of being dehumanized and untrue to self, a loss of faith, and a sense of having wasted time and resources. www.hrc.org/texasgop
The risks are even greater for youth. Minors who experience family rejection based on their sexual orientation or gender identity face especially serious health risks. Research shows that lesbian, gay, and bisexual young adults who reported higher levels of family rejection during adolescence were more than eight times more likely to report having attempted suicide, more than five times more likely to report high levels of depression, more than three times more likely to use illegal drugs, and more than three times more likely to report having engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse compared with peers from families that reported no or low levels of family rejection.
THE SUCCESS STORY THAT WAS NOT A SUCCESS!
In one highly publicized case from the early 1970s, psychologist George Rekers treated a five-year-old boy named Kirk Murphy, who had exhibited stereotypically feminine behavior such as a preference for girls’ toys. Rekers instructed Murphy’s parents to reward him for exhibiting “masculine” behavior and to punish him (by ignoring or even spanking him) when he displayed “feminine” behavior. Rekers claimed this treatment would prevent the boy from becoming gay. Later, Rekers published an article citing his treatment of Murphy as a success story, which Rekers and other proponents of these practices continue to use to deceive other parents and entrap other clients struggling with the stigma and discrimination faced by LGBT people. In fact, however, Murphy was gay in adulthood, and struggled with the severe psychological distress caused by Rekers’s “treatments” throughout his life. Murphy attempted to take his own life when he was about 17, and died by suicide at the age of 38.