NARTH’s Joseph Nicolosi on Rekers’s “Pioneering Research”

Jim Burroway

June 10th, 2011

In last night’s installment of “The Sissy Boy Experiment,” CNN’s Randi Kaye reports on how George Rekers’s research is still being used to “treat” gay kids and teens. Here, she interviews Joseph Nicolosi, the founder of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, said “George Rekers has done pioneering work in this for many, many years.”

Ryan Kendall, one of Joseph Nicolosi’s former patients, explains the rationale that leads many parents to take their children in for treatment: that being gay is sinful, that it’s a choice, and that it can be fixed. His experience also illustrates how ex-gay therapy tears families apart.

I had hoped that I would be able to present to you a final epilogue to our original investigation, “What Are Little Boys Made Of?“, discussing the connections between Rekers’s so-called “pioneering research” and the ex-gay movement today. But as you can imagine, this has been an extraordinarily busy week. So I’m afraid that piece will have to wait until Monday.

But in the meantime, I would encourage you to read this epilogue, The Doctor’s Word, where we discuss the dangers of accepting at face value, well, the doctor’s word. And you can also review our newest epilogue, Blind Man’s Bluff, in which we discover the influence on the particular brand of treatment that Kirk experienced known as Behavioral Therapy, along with its obvious limitations.

And tune in again tonight to Anderson Cooper 360 for a wrap-up of this week’s series, “The Sissy Boy Experiments.” AC360 begins at 10:00 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 Pacific.


June 10th, 2011

I really appreciated this series both here and on AC360.

This message needs to be spread far and wide in the general public. For instance, all the PFLAG chapters should have a handy DVD that informs people how harmful “reparative therapy” really is.

The opposition is organized, well funded and continues to derive monetary gains from unsuspecting victims…

The only ammunition on our side are the evidence of long-lasting harmful effects…

Some leveling of the battlefield is necessary…but before than, we still word-of-mouth and the internet.


June 10th, 2011

You can even see the mannerisms of Nicolosi, eyes averting to the right, blinking while making a statement, the man was clearly lying.

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