What can I say?
Last month psychiatrist Robert Spitzer publicly retracted his 2001 study on the success of ex-gay therapy. The controversial study claimed that “highly motivated gay and lesbian people could change their sexual orientation”. In his retraction Spitzer admitted that early critiques of the study were largely correct, most notably that “there was no way to judge the credibility of subject reports of change in sexual orientation”. In addition, Spitzer has publicly apologized to the gay community and to “any gay person who wasted time and energy undergoing some form of reparative therapy”. Previous to the 2001 study Spitzer had been a leader in the effort to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness in 1973. Read more about Spitzer’s retraction here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/robert-spitzer-ex-gay-psychiatrist-apology_n_1453570.html
Spitzer’s retraction was initially published in an article by Gabriel Arana in The American Prospect. In his article Arana describes his own involvement with reparative therapy and his journey as…
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