Skip to comments.Did a Gay Activist Lie to the New Jersey Senate? (On “gay conversion therapy” )
Posted on 08/20/2013 3:28:15 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
There was one particular testimony before the New Jersey Senate detailing the dangers of gay conversion therapy that was so riveting that it sounded like something taken straight out of a Hollywood script. It now appears that it was taken straight out of Hollywood. So, not only is the New Jersey Senate in danger of passing a terribly unfair, discriminatory bill, but the most compelling testimony presented appears to be a fabrication.
Before getting into the details of what appears to be an incredible hoax, its important to understand the nature of this very dangerous bill, which would make it illegal for a licensed therapist to offer professional help to a minor with unwanted same-sex attractions, even if the minor had parental permission.
Yet if that minor wanted to find out how to embrace those same-sex attractions, or if that minor felt he was a boy trapped in a girls body and wanted to explore hormone therapy with a view towards sex-change surgery, that would be fine. But let that same young person say, Im troubled by my same sex attractions and would like to explore the possibility of change, that would be illegal if this outrageous bill passes.
As I noted on June 1, 2012 with reference to a similar bill that was being considered in California (it passed, but is being held up due to legal appeals), California Senator Ted Lieu, the author of the bill, removed any doubt as to why he introduced it: The attack on parental rights is exactly the whole point of the bill because we dont want to let parents harm their children.
This is a startling example of government overreach, not only between parents and their children but also between patient and client. As Carol Gallentine said to the Senate committee last week, I don't understand who you people are, trying to come into our homes and tell us what to do with our children. I see you people bullying the parents.
Ironically, in schools all over America (including New Jersey), a girl who wants to come out as lesbian can be encouraged by public school counselors or teachers to join the schools Gay Straight Alliance. There, she will be encouraged not to tell her parents about her decision and not to listen to their religious viewpoints. But now, New Jersey is considering passing a bill that will make it illegal to offer professional help to a minor (even with parental permission) if that child doesnt want to embrace a gay identity.
Of course, the whole basis for this bill is the alleged harm done to minors who have been subjected to counseling for same-sex attractions, and the testimony offered by Brielle Goldani, born male but now identifying as female, offered poignant confirmation of these alleged abuses.
Goldani described how he/she was sent by his/her parents to a religious camp in Ohio called True Directions, allegedly run by the Assemblies of God, a conservative Christian denomination. Goldani told lawmakers she was given electric shocks and drugs to induce vomiting as part of the treatment.
Christopher Doyle, a professional counselor and himself a former homosexual (yes, these do exist, by the thousands), testified before the Senate against the bill, but he was deeply troubled by Goldanis story, prompting him to do further research. What he uncovered was that: 1) According to the office of the Ohio secretary of state and attorney general, no such camp called True Directions has ever existed. 2) The Assemblies of God, including the local church that allegedly sponsored the camp, never heard of it and would never sanction such barbarous treatment. 3) Licensed therapists in Ohio completely disavowed such treatments.
So where did Goldanis horror story come from? Doyle reports that it came from a 1999 film titled But Im a Cheerleader, starring RuPaul. In the film, the main character is suspected of being a lesbian by her family, who then proceeds to send her to a conversion therapy camp called True Directions. Amazing!
Worse still, it appears that gays being sent to True Directions camp may be something of an urban gay myth. According to an email from a man struggling with his own homosexual desires, I dont know why but it never occurred to me that many of these stories of barbaric gay to straight therapy might be fabrications. In particular one I have heard about several times is a camp called True Directions in Ohio.
What then are the facts? First, even if such barbaric treatments did take place, there is not a licensed therapist in America who engages in them. What then was the relevance of this (apparently fabricated) testimony? Absolutely none.
Second, contrary to popular perception, a task force for the American Psychological Association did not find sexual orientation change therapy dangerous. Rather, it claimed that there is insufficient evidence to support the use of psychological interventions to change sexual orientation, quite an understated conclusion when you realize that every member of the task force was either gay or radically pro-gay. (For detailed documentation of this, see A Queer Thing Happened to America.)
Third, with every counseling intervention, be it for obesity or depression or alcoholism or unwanted same-sex attractions, some have a positive outcome, some see no change, and some report harm. In fact, gay psychologist Richard Isay describes how one married man whom he was helping to become gay committed suicide (see his book Becoming Gay).
Fourth, there are numerous documented testimonies and personal stories of men and women benefitting from the very counseling New Jersey wants to ban.
Fifth, according to the most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control, homosexual sex continues to be extremely risky, yet the New Jersey Senate is considering outlawing a counseling intervention that could help steer an individual away from such unsafe sex.
People of New Jersey, will you stand for this outrage or will you speak up?
Truth is no longer relevant in this debate. All that matters is sympathy for the self-proclaimed victims, who are now the victors.
To the headline: of course, they are a liberal
I couldn'r be in the same building with that creature.
Are you guys telling me that they kid can become straight through therapy???? Good Lord you must be kidding.
I ain’t sayin’ NUTHIN’ ... I went looking for the photo ... and wish’d I hadn’t.
Let me rephrase. That kid in the picture is 100 percent gay. I can’t even imagine how he could become straight. Is their enough money for the parents to pay to make him straight?
I looked further ... that’s 29 years old.
Good Lord. And they say that God doesn’t make mistakes. /sarc
Why is it so easy to spot faggots? You could make a game show out if it but it would be so easy even a 5th grader could do it...
Where’s the picture of the eye bleach when you need it?
Assemblies of God have in the past had involvement with Teen Challenge - and World Challenge. Its founder, David Wilkerson, was killed a couple years ago in an auto accident in Texas.
Good heavens, don’t people check out these stories before they jump feet first into legislation based on lies?
Once a Muslim, always a Muslim on the pain of death. Once a queer, always a queer on the pain of serious jail time and loss of professional licenses.
What would stop the parents from moving to a state that did not have such a law? Or, you could send the kid to “camp”.
It would be acceptable if the kid was being cured of Conservatism.
Sadly your right. It is beyond scary what I thought America would be like a short number of years ago. Seriously, I am 44 and had you told me the plot of America’s future when I was 34 (yep even with President Clinton as President), I would have thought you were telling me this horrific horror story. I am serious!!!!!
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