…..*cricket, cricket, cricket*
But seriously, this progressive step is interesting in that the APA is encouraging these psychologists to consider "multiple options": celibacy to switching churches.
That brings me to my next point: I disagree. I mean, are there really multiple options to being gay? I can’t see how being celibate can somehow reverse your sexual orientation or downsize the impact of your homosexuality. While this declaration from APA is groundbreaking, it should seem like common sense. Of course you can’t tell gay people to turn straight! Why is this even being debated?
The report by the APA seems to be addressing sexual orientation and religious affiliation, stating that "religious faith and psychology do not have to be seen as being opposed to each other," despite ongoing battles between the Church and homosexuality.
"The report also addressed the issue of whether adolescents should be subjected to therapy aimed at altering their sexual orientation. Any such approach should “maximize self-determination” and be undertaken only with the youth’s consent, the report said."
I don’t really know what to make of that. The article has a very pro gay rights tone to it (aside from that one paragraph), so I don’t want to be the obnoxious liberal one busting it’s balls (sorry). But take it from Wayne Besen, a gay rights activist:
Ex-gay therapy is a profound travesty that has led to pointless tragedies, and we are pleased that the APA has addressed this psychological scourge.”