Policymakers and Government Officials
Ex-gays must be included in the formation of public policy because we have much to contribute to the understanding of sexual orientation. Without testimony from all sectors of society, public policy on this issue is seriously flawed.
Former homosexual men and women, as well as their friends and family, feel threatened because they are subjected to a hostile environment if they publicly reveal their former homosexuality or support of the ex-gay community. Courageous men and women who have left their gay identity must not be denied their Constitutional rights. To give sexual orientation protection to one group while excluding another is outright discrimination, and is unconstitutional.
POLICYMAKER AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS NEED TO KNOW
Before you unintentionally support taking away a person’s freedom to seek help towards overcoming unwanted sexual attractions with a professional therapist, make sure you know the whole story.
You should also consider another element of this subject:
Banning people’s right of self-determination isn’t usually a winning argument in a free society. That’s just one reason why bans on Change Therapy are right now losing in state after state.
These bans are a step backwards for freedom and progress. They’re insulting to the thousands of people who used a form of Change Therapy to positively change their lives. And they’re offensive to the dignity of a human being to determine their own destiny.
Watch below as our friends Chris Doyle (Voice of the Voiceless) and Dr. Julie Hamilton (NARTH) appear on the Dr. Oz Show to discuss Change Therapy.
It may be particularly insightful for policymakers to observe anti-Change Therapy activists struggle to make their case for taking away people’s right to choose their own destiny, and resort to bullying and talking over Mr. Doyle and Dr. Hamilton during the show:
It may also be helpful to watch licensed therapist, Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, and ex-gay Christine Sneeringer discuss a form of Change Therapy (called Reparative Therapy) on the Dr. Drew Show.
Ex-gays and their supporters live in an increasingly hostile society where they are labeled as perpetrators of hate against gays simply because they advocate for or live out a different view of homosexuality. Since the early 1990’s, gay activists have created a public environment where everyone who does not accept that homosexuality is as normal, natural and healthy as heterosexuality is labeled a “bigot” whose attitudes equate to racism.
Alternatives to homosexuality are often interpreted as “harassment” against gays, even though the individuals seeking to leave behind their unwanted same-sex attractions are merely exercising a freedom to explore answers, or perhaps reaffirm the gender of their birth.
Individuals have all experienced homosexuality differently in their lives. If a gay person’s sense of well-being is dependent on all other people with same-sex attractions having had the same experience that they did, then that person is in a dangerous place. In fact, this is what has caused persecution of ex-gays.
In this climate of intolerance against ex-gays due to their very existence, support for the ex-gay community is interpreted as hate against homosexuals. Courageous men and women who have left their homosexual identity must not be denied their constitutional rights. To give sexual orientation protection to one group while excluding another is outright discrimination.