Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Zach Signs Off and Ex-Gays Get More Press

Zach, the teen from Tennessee who got international attention after being sent to an ex-gay anti-gay camp for youth earlier this summer, once again posted about his experience. His post is not a new one, but an addendum to his previous post-camp post. While I know he does not want us to, after reading the post I felt sad for Zach. Growing up gay is hard enough, but so much is changing in his life so quickly that he feels out-of-touch with his own reality. Zach expresses a raw anger in his post. And while Zach does not want to necessarily blame the camp for his anger, his self-doubt seems to have arisen after he attended the camp. Zach seems like a really kind boy who does not want to hurt anyone's feelings. I am sorry that others seem to have taken advantage of Zach's kindness, including his parents. Zach will not be posting again in the near future, as he refuses to give into his parents demands to censor his future blog entries.

In other anti-gay news, the Washington Post has published an article on the anti-gay movement and "reparative therapy." The article focuses on the failures and "successes" of the "therapy." At the end of the article, the Post gets some quotes from Columbia University professor Robert Spitzer, the author of a study on anti-gay "therapy" that many in the anti-gay movement site as proof that gay individuals can change and become straight:
Spitzer said his results have been misrepresented. "It bothers me to be their knight in shining armor because on every social issue I totally disagree with the Christian right," he said.

"What they don't mention is that change is pretty rare," he added, noting that the subjects of his study were not representative of the general population because they were considerably more religious.

And Spitzer calls "totally absurd" the twin hypotheses that everyone is born straight and that homosexuality is a choice.

Bring on the truth, indeed.

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