"Curing" the Gays: End This Evil Lie Now
It's great to see the Australian media is finally noticing the insidious mental torture being peddled to desperate parents of gay children under the guise of 'therapy' Really Long Link
Yes, this is NOT just a US problem: 'reparative' therapy is practiced here in Australia too. The problem is, it doesn't work. Because it tries to fix something that isn't broken in the first place. There is not one shred of evidence to show that it works.
THE 'COUNSELLING' SCAM
"Reparative therapy", is usually disguised in Australia as 'counselling' to avoid scrutiny and regulation.
But the history of this vicious lie is littered with depression, destruction of families, and deaths. Far from repairing anything, it destroys.
Deep depression is induced by these 'counsellors' by brainwashing their victims into believing they are sinful, perverted and abnormal and need to be "converted" into heterosexuals.
And when they inevitably fail (because what they are attempting is impossible), telling them it is their own fault for not trying hard enough. It can drive a person to suicide.
FAILURE IS GUARANTEED
Let me be clear: it is incontrovertibly proven fact that you cannot remove homosexual desires and replace them with heterosexual ones. You can only suppress them, with lasting psychological damage. The only people who have any 'choice' are those with an underlying bisexual orientation. Anyone who tells you different is a liar.
Time after time after time, so called "ex-gay" star patients have eventually been found out, or have admitted it was all wishful thinking. Many, like Paul Martin and Anthony Venn-Brown here in Australia now actively campaign against this vicious practice.
It's not just the 'patient' who is crushed. Family members are also damaged:
"reparative therapists not only hurt their clients but they often upend the lives of spouses. These unfortunate individuals marry so-called “ex-gays” who mistakenly think they have been converted – but later find that their “progress” was a mirage brought on by wishful thinking and pressure from their therapist."
"This 'therapy' also encourages clients to blame their parents for allegedly causing their homosexuality, leading to resentment, broken bonds, and the disintegration of previously close families." [Truth Wins Out http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2012/05/25196/]
SHUT THEM DOWN
Parents & Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) - a fundamentalist Christian front group set up to counter Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) - helpfully lists the following reparative therapy centres in Australia.
We need to restrict and control this evil, as they are moving to do in California Really Long Link .
We should go further: it is time to make it illegal and close these places down. Parents who subject their children to this torture should be charged with child abuse.
Barnabas House (New South Wales) Jane Dawson; 18 The Avenue, Hurstville NSW 2220
Courage - Australia Chapters
Broadway, Lynn Ryan, Write - PO Box 893 Broadway 2007
Dingley, Fr. Danial Pietrzak, Phone - 03 9551 7579, E-Mail: MELBOURNE@hotmail.com
St. Lucia, Fr. Gregory Jordan, S.J., Phone 07 3878 0638, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie and Alan Hirsch (Victoria; formerly Exodus Central) 011-61-3-699-1536; c/o 412 Dorcas St., South Melbourne, Victoria 3205
Exit Ministries (New South Wales) Tel: (02) 9578-3622 Ian Lind. 011-61-2-698-3622 c/o Christian Life Centre, 188 Young St, Waterloo, Sydney NSW 2017, Australia
Liberty Christian Ministries Inc. (New South Wales) Directors: Chris and Truda Keane. PO Box 67, Summer Hill, NSW 2130. Telephone: 011-61-02-9798-4685.
Liberty, Inc. (Queensland) Director: Paul Wegner; Phone: 61 7 3390 4250, Fax: 61 7 3371 4705; P.O Box 2083, Tingalpa, Queensland, 4173, Australia. E-Mail: email@example.com
Living Waters - Canberra Phone: (02) 6296 1587; c/o Tuggeranong Baptist Church, PO Box 82, Erindale ACT 2903 Web: http://www.geocities.com/lwact E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Love in Action (South Australia) Director: Nick Kuiper; Phone: 61 8 8341 7373; GPO Box 115, Adelaide, 5000, Australia E-Mail: email@example.com
Open Door Community (New South Wales) Tel: 02 6583 8413. Fax: 02 6584 1033. c/o St. Thomas Anglican Church, Port MacQuarie NSW 2444
The Recovery Line PO Box 1321, Fyshwick ACT 2609. Telephone: 011-61-02-6291-7792. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regeneration (formerly listed under Jim Gallagher) Director: Pastor Jim Gallagher; Phone: 011-61-66-243519; Fax: 61 2 6622 4711; PO Box 517, Lismore, NSW, 2480, Australia E-Mail: email@example.com
Restoration (Queensland) Bruce and Rhonda Sleaford; 76 Jindabyne Circuit, Forest Lake, Q 4077, Australia
Roy and Dawn Ball (Victoria) Phone 011-61-6-251-530. PO Box 222, Wodonga, Albury, Victoria 3689.
Sanctuary (Queensland) Director: Laurie Jean Wilson; Phone: 61 7 5445 4898. Fax: 0754770711; PO Box 942, Buderim, Queensland, 4556, Australia E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spencer Gear (Queensland) Director: Spencer Gear; PO Box 2106, Bundaberg, Queensland, 4670, Australia
Steve Richards (Queensland) 45 Webb St, Logan Lea, Q 4131, Australia.
Turnabout Director: Tim Schewen; Phone/Fax: 61 7 5446 6017; PO Box 227, Marcoocydore, Queensland, 4558, Australia E-Mail: email@example.com om
Uniting Churches in Australia
Stephen Richards, Logan Uniting Church, P. O. Box 239, Springwood, Queensland 4127, Australia. Phone: (07) 3290 1277. Fax: (07) 3808 6696.
Work in Progress Director: Dr. John Meteyard; Phone: 61 7 5530 7126; PO Box 358, Mudgeeraba, Queensland, 4213 Australia