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Controversial Ex-Gay Symposium Cancelled

Jim Burroway

May 2nd, 2008

Gay City News confirmed from Dr. Jack Drescher that the controversial symposium, “Homosexuality and Therapy: The Religious Dimension,” planned for May 5 has been canceled. That confirmation follows earlier reports that one of the panelists, Bishop Gene Robinson, had pulled out of the event.

The symposium was organized by Dr. David Scasta, former president of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, and was planned to coincide with next week’s American Psychiatric Association conference in Washington, D.C. Controversy over the panel centered around the participation of Dr. Warren Throckmorton, who has been an active proponent of sexual reorientation therapies.

Also scheduled to be part of the panel was Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has previously supported the use of a prenatal test to undo an embryo’s homosexual orientation.



May 2nd, 2008 | LINK

why was this allowed in the first place and why would it be organized by gays?

Warren Throckmorton
May 2nd, 2008 | LINK

Jim – You wording, “planned to coincide” suggests that you might be unclear that the symposium was an official symposium of the APA, approved by the APA program committee 7 months ago.

May 5th, 2008 | LINK

One note – I just heard on the radio this morning that the ABC affiliate in DC is planning a report on “ex-gay therapy” for its 11 PM broadcast this evening. From the teaser (“It’s the most controversial subject in the gay community,” “Some say gays can change, others disagree”) I am guessing it will not be a fact-based scientific exploration of the “ex-gay” fraud, but rather a “he said/he said” type of piece. I’ll try to watch and report.

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