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I think I'd much rather my son be a sissy, well behaved, clean, smart.
I fully understand why CNN would want to expose this to people, because it is quite disturbing. Being a 21 year old homosexual myself, I can't help but feel that maybe the underlying purpose of showing this to the public is not to prevent parents from this 'therapy', yet to make it more known to American families. As if to let them know that programs out there such as this do exist, and this how you should go about 'converting' your son or daughter to the hetero lifestyle. I for one am absolutely disgusted both by Joseph Nicolosi, and CNN for sharing this information to every homophobic person that tunes into this channel. If I had been the one to over see this footage, not only would Mr. Nicolosi's name NOT BE MENTIONED, but it simply be about the tragedy and hardships that all related families are now dealing with due to his repairing therapy. Death is clearly not a solution to homosexuality.
I will preface what I want to write first by saying that I am not an expert on reparative therapy but I suppose I am on its impact on my life having undergone approximately one year of church sponsored and one year of secular reparative therapy programs. I did not go through these sessions which were consecutive as a teen but as an adult at 35. I speak only for myself (and based on my experience) when I say that although reparative therapy in its current form may be very well intentioned (I went into it with a great deal of faith, hope and expectation) it is profoundly misguided...but not for the reasons that either proponents or adherents of it may think.
Kirk Murphy was a friend of mine at Osan Air Base South Korea in the early 90's. He was a very sweet and funny man!!! I have no recollection of anyone not liking him!!! Because of constant movement in the military, I lost touch with Kirk after he left Korea (no email or cell phones back then). It was not until 06/09/10 that I learned that he took his own life in 2003! I am enraged that his situation most likely has roots in the "therapy" he received as a child!!! I would love to be in touch with his family so that I too can share fond memories of Kirk along with photos I have of him being happy in Korea!!
Of course this therapy is detrimental to the subjects mental health. They are being told they are not good enough in every way possible. The young man who killed himself was beaten regularly if he failed to act masculine sufficiently to please his parents. So not only did he have to deal with the verbal and psychological abuse by being constantly reminded that who he was, wasn't good enough to love, but he had to deal with physical abuse as well. The parents belong under a jail and so does the therapist.
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