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Rachel Maddow Covers the Retracted Ex-Gay Study and the Movement It Bolstered

Jim Burroway

April 19th, 2012

Last night, Rachel Maddow did a two-part segment on the ex-gay movement prompted by Gabriel Arana’s article in The American Prospect last week. In the first segment, Rachel provides a history of the mental health community’s stance on homosexuality along with background information on Robert Spitzer’s role in removing homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association’s list of mental disorders. She also covered Spitzer’s controversial paper presented at a 2001 meeting of the APA (it was later published in 2003 in the Archives of Sexual Behavior) which claimed to show that efforts to change sexual orientation could be successful. That paper, which made national headlines, was a boon to both the ex-gay and anti-gay industry for the next decade. Last week, Robert Spitzer retracted that paper in an interview with Gabriel Arana.

The second segment features an interview with Gabe himself, in which he talks about his interview with Spitzer in which Spitzer recanted his 2001 paper.



April 19th, 2012 | LINK

The second video is not of Gabe, it is a story about a child kidnapping.

April 19th, 2012 | LINK

What bothered me about this was Spitzers knowledge that his flawed study was being used by these pray away the gay advocates. Yet it took him 11 years, and someone asking him, to admit the study was flawed. Why didn’t he do this years ago?

April 19th, 2012 | LINK

Marc — It’s something called ego.

Jim Burroway
April 19th, 2012 | LINK

SGM, I’m not sure what’s happening. It’s coming up Gabe in my browser.

April 19th, 2012 | LINK

Now the second video comes up as an airplane story about a bird getting caught in an engine.

Maybe save the video as YouTube and then do a link. I am disappointed, I REALLY wanted to see the Gabe interview.

Jim Burroway
April 20th, 2012 | LINK

Try it again now. I found a missing close-quotation mark in the code for the second video.

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