“Psychology Today” Caves to Pro-Homosexual Lobby, Bans Talk Therapists from Directory

“Psychology Today” Caves to Pro-Homosexual Lobby, Bans Talk Therapists from Directory

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays Says Reversal Hurts Individuals Seeking Help for Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction and Gender Confusion

For Immediate Release
March 9, 2015

CONTACT:
Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096 or Beth Harrison, Hamilton Strategies, 610.584.1096, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com

RICHMOND, Va.—“Psychology Today,” a leading magazine that gathers renowned psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and authors in the field of psychology to provide their insights, has announced it will remove listings for therapists who help individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions and will also bar any future listings of such therapists.

The move comes after the pro-homosexual Human Rights Campaign (HRC), an organization that works to deny ex-gays equal rights, wrote a letter to “Psychology Today,” claiming talk therapy, which helps individuals who desire to leave the homosexual lifestyle, has “no credible evidence” of success and “poses devastating health risks for LGBT young people.” Not so, according to Dr. Nicholas Cummings, past president of the American Psychological Association, who practiced talk therapy and supports the use of talk therapy. He has described the facts of talk therapy, which can be read by visiting http://www.narth.org/docs/cummings.html.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org), the nation’s leading advocacy organization that offers love and support to families and friends of individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion and also supports the ex-gay community, said “Psychology Today’s” decision will hurt, not help, those seeking positive life change.

“We are deeply disappointed that ‘Psychology Today’s’ leadership chose to cave to the pressure of the pro-homosexual lobby rather than continue to offer individuals access to information that can help them in their journey towards overcoming unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion,” said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. “PFOX supports the right of every person to obtain the type of help that best meets their personal needs, and this includes the right to talk therapy.”

Griggs noted that HRC’s demands directly contradict the reality of thousands of people who have made the decision to leave a gay identity through gender-affirming programs, including talk therapy.

Griggs added, “We urge ‘Psychology Today’ to reconsider its decision and support the opportunity for individuals to access the help they decide is best for them.”

PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation.

PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs and deserves the love and support of family, friends the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for ex-gays to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction. PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that true love is granted in spite of our differences by treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, thousands of men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to leave a gay identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments.

For more information on PFOX, visit its web site at www.PFOX.org, its Facebook page, its Twitter feed @PFOX4U, or email info@pfox.org.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is committed to helping parents and friends of gays who want help, hope and community, and exists to provide education and support. PFOX works to provide understanding and acceptance of the ex-gay community.

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To interview a representative from Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, contact Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, or Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com.