18 responses

  1. Ryan K.
    June 16, 2011

    Always a class act, that Dr. Nick.

  2. Allen
    June 16, 2011

    I give Nicolosi one thing: when he says, “The real issue is, does Dr. Rekers’ research stand up? Do his theories make sense?” it’s a valid point. That is the real issue.

    Based on the evidence, though, it’s obvious that Dr. Rekers’ “research” does not stand up. It can’t even be called “research” because Rekers didn’t accurately report what happened to “Kraig”. And I hope Nicolosi would agree that, whenever conclusions turn out to be based on false information, they should be thrown out. To me that’s the bigger scandal where Dr. Rekers is concerned.

    But Nicolosi isn’t willing to give up using Rekers’ research, because it says what he wants to hear, and the facts don’t matter.

  3. Jay Jonson
    June 16, 2011

    These people are disgraceful. They need to be sued for the harm they do.

  4. Paul Mc
    June 16, 2011

    I must say, Nicolosi has some nerve.

    Rekers will no longer be cited by anyone credible. Maybe out of hatred for gay people, hence Nicolosi will not disavow the Kraig/Kirk data despite it being patently not worth the value of a few plastic poker chips.

    He didn’t answer (at least in quoted text) whether therapy aimed at making feminine boys more masculine was the object of Rekers study. OF COURSE it
    was. Making boys more ‘masculine’ is at the heart of NARTH ideas.

    “and this reactivates old, negative memories of unhealthy entanglement with their mothers”

    And that makes you gay? My god, get this stuff into court on video and have the world laugh at this guy WAY more than the Prop8 trial.

  5. lurker
    June 16, 2011

    “Rekers will no longer be cited by anyone credible.”

    Well, no. But it will still be cited by political groups for years to come to raise money to pass laws against us.

    Fortunately the tide is turning and these groups will be more and more marginalized in the future.

  6. Ezam
    June 16, 2011

    I think he unintentionally admitted such therapy can’t change “homosexually oriented people”.

  7. Brant
    June 16, 2011

    I agree that someone should sue these people for malpractice? Has anyone been in therapy with Nicolosi or someone linked to him that has had harm done due to treatment? I’m sure someone would pick up their case.

  8. Maris Ehlers
    June 16, 2011

    I am seething.

  9. Ivan
    June 16, 2011

    It always strikes me that these guys are unintentionally describing themselves.

  10. Timothy Kincaid
    June 16, 2011

    Homosexually oriented men tend to find themselves entwined in excessively close friendships with women-particularly, with narcissistic women who do not understand that men cannot in a healthy way, be their “best friends” – and this reactivates old, negative memories of unhealthy entanglement with their mothers.

    Someone’s been watching too much Will and Grace. While on acid.

  11. Darina
    June 16, 2011

    So I’m narcissistic. Well, one learns something new every day. :P

  12. jimb
    June 16, 2011

    “Of course, if we threw out the work of every gay-activist researcher accused of being involved in a personal scandal, there would be no literature on their side of the issue, would there?”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself!

  13. Timothy Kincaid
    June 16, 2011

    jimb…

    I’m trying to recall the personal scandals of the “gay-activist researchers’.

    I don’t recall any personal scandals for Quzi Rahman, Gary Gates, Scott Hershberger, William Byne, Simon LeVay, Dean Hamer, or really anyone at all.

    So perhaps you’d like to clarify exactly what “gay-activist researcher accused of being involved in a personal scandal” that you and Dr. Nicolosi are thinking of.

  14. luiz
    June 16, 2011

    That gay people have higher rates of psychological disturbance, doesn’t mean this differential cannot be traced to external events, that is, to events unrelated to sexual orientation. In Murphy’s case, the physical abuse he suffered by the hands of his father – and the fact that, in the words of his siblings, he was made to feel different from everyone else due to that therapy – seems a much more relevant fact to take into account when explaining his depression, than his sexual attraction to men. People who are ostracized and isolated are more likely to suffer from psychological disorders – and we know gay people are more likely to be slighted, ostracized, and bullied than heterosexual persons. Nicolosi’s answer shows the base reasoning abilities behind his anti-gay activism.

  15. ken
    June 16, 2011

    this article was little more than a fluff piece for Nicolosi to spew more of his nonsense to someone who wouldn’t challenge anything he said. I think the most telling part is this:

    VIRTUEONLINE: Will you ever treat someone who comes to you involuntarily or who is coerced by a parent with the statement, “my son is gay, fix him”.

    NICOLOSI: Treatment would not work, so why bother? We could expose the young man to our ideas for a session or two, so that he could have some balance against what the other side is saying, but that would be about it.

    He claims treating a child whose parents want Nicolosi to “fix” would do no good and yet he took the Kendalls’ money for far more than “a session or two.” And rather than ask the obvious follow-up question, the interviewer instead suggests it was Anderson Cooper who lacked objectivity.

  16. ken
    June 16, 2011

    jimb
    June 16th, 2011 | LINK

    ““Of course, if we threw out the work of every gay-activist researcher accused of being involved in a personal scandal, there would be no literature on their side of the issue, would there?”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself!”

    Reker’s work wasn’t thrown out because of a personal scandal. It was thrown out because it was shown to be wrong and that Reker’s distorted what really happened. The personal scandal was merely a clue as to why Reker’s may have been driven to distort the facts.

  17. Bernie
    June 17, 2011

    Question remains, how does that man face himself in the mirror each morning?

  18. Ben In Oakland
    June 17, 2011

    I believe he meant to say anti-gay acitvist researcher.

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