This is mostly for people who aren’t straight (sorry straight people) but, hey, ya might find some of this interesting!
Do you remember the piece I wrote about the “gay cure?” Well, it seems that the man who said that curing homosexuality via therapy, Dr. Robert Spitzer, has publicly admitted that he was wrong about it, that the data weren’t interpreted correctly, and that he owes the gay community an apology. What is equally interesting about this is that this doctor is also the one who took homosexuality off the official book of psychiatric disorders back in 1973! You can read the rather long NY Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/19/health/dr-robert-l-spitzer-noted-psychiatrist-apologizes-for-study-on-gay-cure.html?pagewanted=1&_r=3&seid=auto&smid=tw-nytimes.
As I read this, it took me to another link about a gay man who went through the “curing” process – you can read his story here: http://prospect.org/article/my-so-called-ex-gay-life. I read what he had to say about it and, well, it was amazing and sad, too, especially where a death behind this was mentioned.
Personally, I read both articles and experienced a few Lewis Black moments; I graduated from high school in 1973 and it just kinda astounded me that it took psychiatry that long to realize that, um, being a homosexual isn’t a mental disorder – and all because this one doctor had the audacity to ask his peers, “If it’s a mental disorder, why is it one?” Clearly, it was a mental disorder because someone said it was and no one probably thought to question it before Dr. Spitzer did.
Both of the articles I mentioned takes a bit of reading – but if these things are of interest to you, they’re worth taking the time to read them.