View Full Version : Dr Spitzer, Father of Ex-Gay Study Renounces Study, Apologizes To LGBT

Apr 27th, 2012, 02:13 AM
Dr Spitzer study was widely cited by conservatives to justify their notion that homosexuality is a choice, as such, it can be reversed via reparative therapy.

Michelle Bachmann husband, Dr Marcus Bachmann is in the business of turning gay to ex-gays

Dr. Robert Spitzer Renounces Infamous 'Ex-Gay' Study Claiming Some Gays Could Change, says Truth Wins Out

NEW YORK, April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Flawed Study Remains the Centerpiece of Attacks on LGBT Rights

In a move that serves as a significant blow to "ex-gay" programs and anti-gay organizations, Dr. Robert Spitzer repudiated his much-criticized 2001 study that claimed some "highly motivated" homosexuals could go from gay to straight. His retraction occurred in an American Prospect magazine article that hit newsstands today. Spitzer's rejection of his own research, which was originally published in the prestigious Archives of Sexual Behavior, is a devastating blow to "ex-gay" organizations because it decisively eliminates their most potent claim that homosexuality can be reversed through therapy and prayer.

"Dr. Spitzer's repudiation of his 2001 study is an earthquake that severely undermines the validity of 'ex-gay' programs," said Truth Wins Out's Executive Director Wayne Besen, who criticized the study in his 2003 book, Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth. "Spitzer just kicked out the final leg from the stool on which the proponents of 'ex-gay' therapy based their already shaky claims of success."

Spitzer's 2001 study was a surprise and created a media firestorm because he had previously led the charge in 1972-73 to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association.

According to today's American Prospect article:
"In retrospect, I have to admit I think the critiques [of my study] are largely correct," Dr. Spitzer told the American Prospect in an article by Gabriel Arana titled, My So Called Ex-Gay Life. "The findings can be considered evidence for what those who have undergone ex-gay therapy say about it, but nothing more."

Spitzer asked for a retraction of his 2001 study, "So I don't have to worry about it anymore?"

Dr. Spitzer's research was particularly harmful because he was the only non-socially conservative scientist to produce a study claiming some people could "pray away the gay."

"Virtually every anti-gay organization in the country quotes Dr. Spitzer's work," said TWO's Wayne Besen. "It will be an integrity test to see which groups remove citations of his work in the coming week."
Truth Wins Out is a nonprofit organization that fights anti-LGBT extremism and the "ex-gay" myth.

Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dr-robert-spitzer-renounces-infamous-ex-gay-study-claiming-some-gays-could-change-says-truth-wins-out-2012-04-11

Earlier this month, psychiatrist Bob Spitzer made headlines after he retracted his controversial 2001 study (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/11/robert-spitzer-ex-gay-psychiatrist-retraction_n_1417679.html) proclaiming that "highly motivated" gay and lesbian people could change their sexual orientation. But Spitzer is now going even further by making what has been described as "an unprecedented apology" to both former patients of reparative therapy as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community at large.

Truth Wins Out has obtained a copy of the letter (http://www.truthwinsout.org/news/2012/04/24542/), addressed to Dr. Ken Zucker: " The Fatal Flaw in the Study –- There was no way to judge the credibility of subject reports of change in sexual orientation. I offered several (unconvincing) reasons why it was reasonable to assume that the subject’s reports of change were credible and not self-deception or outright lying. But the simple fact is that there was no way to determine if the subject’s accounts of change were valid. I believe I owe the gay community an apology for my study making unproven claims of the efficacy of reparative therapy. I also apologize to any gay person who wasted time and energy undergoing some form of reparative therapy because they believed that I had proven that reparative therapy works with some “highly motivated” individuals."

The now 80-year-old Spitzer, who had ironically led the effort to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness in 1973, told American Prospect earlier this month (http://prospect.org/article/my-so-called-ex-gay-life) that earlier critiques of his study were "largely correct."

He continued, “The findings can be considered evidence for what those who have undergone ex-gay therapy say about it, but nothing more." After noting that failed attempts to rid oneself of homosexual attractions "can be quite harmful," he then requested writer Gabriel Arana print a retraction of the 2001 study, "so I don’t have to worry about it anymore."

In the article, Arana also claimed to have undergone therapy for over three years with Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, co-founder and former president of the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (http://narth.com/) (NARTH), in an effort to change his own sexual orientation.

source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/robert-spitzer-ex-gay-psychiatrist-apology_n_1453570.html

Apr 27th, 2012, 02:46 AM
It won't phase them. They don't base their attitudes on science.

Apr 27th, 2012, 03:38 AM
It won't phase them. They don't base their attitudes on science.

Pretty much.

Apr 27th, 2012, 04:21 AM
It won't phase them. They don't base their attitudes on science.
Look for them to attack Dr Spitzer credibility with their own "scientists".

They might, for example say, with his age, his mental capacity have diminished.

Lord Choc Ice
May 27th, 2012, 01:38 AM
Hmm, I can't say how much damage he's done as I haven't really heard of him till now. But this is good. It's good that as least someone has seen sense :yeah:.