Gay Activists Staff an Anti-ex-gay Scientific Group

Gay Activists Staff an Anti-ex-gay Scientific Group

Gay Activists Staff an Anti-ex-gay “Scientific” Group

A message from JONAH, an ex-gay organization that Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) works with:

We at JONAH ask your help in a very important issue. The American Psychological Association (APA) is forming a task force to examine psychotherapy approaches to homosexuality. We are happy about this and welcome objective scientific investigation into homosexuality. However there is a major problem with the formation of the task force. The APA board of directors has asked the Committee on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns (CLGBC) to appoint members to the task force.

To us, it is somewhat like asking the wolf to protect the hen house. It is beyond common sense and completely absurd to ask CLGBC [an anti-ex-gay group] to nominate the task force.

We are asking you to email and fax APA board members and the board for advancement of psychology, noted below. A sample letter for you to write is noted below. Please use your letterhead or your personal address and add to the letter as needed. Please send a copy of your letter to my email, EJSBTB@aol.com .

We need you do this immediately. The deadline is March 19, 2007 for the task force to be appointed. Below you will find:

1. A sample letter

2. Names, E-mails, faxes, addresses of leaders of the American Psychological Asso.

3. The American Psychological Asso.’s call for nominations to their new task force on sexual orientation. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS TO BELIEVE THAT THEY COULD BE SO POMPOUS AND ATTEMPT TO MAKE ILLEGAL THE ENTIRE EX-GAY MOVEMENT!

PLEASE COME UP WITH INTERESTING “SUBJECT” LINES TO CATCH THE ATTENTION OF THOSE YOU ARE WRITING TO – BUT BE DIGNIFIED AND PROFESSIONAL, e,g,:

1. New APA Task Force should be run by Dir. of the APA, not the LGBT Comm.

2. LGBT Comm. not appropriate to run proposed task force on reparative therapy

3. How could the APA allow CLGBC to run a task force on reparative therapy?

Thank you, Elaine Silodor Berk, Co-Director of JONAH

SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear APA Board members,

Thank you for appointing a Task Force on appropriate therapeutic responses to sexual orientation. However, we have concerns about how the task force will be set up.

What is your organization and why are you interested in the issue?

We strongly object to putting the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns of the APA in charge of finding members to the task force. This group has a bias against the treatment of sexual orientation and cannot be objective. We are concerned about the creditability of the APA if the task force is perceived as politically motivated rather then scientific and objective. Therefore we ask you to appoint a larger cross section of APA members.

The task force should be more inclusive of other world views and differing opinions. We would suggest you appoint some people who have no subjective interest on the topic and some people who agree with the treatment of sexual orientation.

Thank you for your consideration on this important matter.

Sincerely,

(Your name)

Please send your letter to the following names and addresses, which are also posted on the APA website:

Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest —

Margaret B. Heldring, PhD, Chair (2007)
4105 E. Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98112
mheldring@aol.com

Mark L. Pope, EdD (2005-2007) pope@umsl.edu Fax 1: (314) 516-5784

Ena Vazquez-Nuttall, EdD (2005-2007) e.vazquez-nuttal@neu.edu Fax 1: (617) 965-0240

Martha E. Banks, PhD (2006-2008) Banks@abackans.com Fax 1: (330) 745-4450

Jean Lau Chin, EdD (2006-2008) ceoservices@yahoo.com

Douglas Kimmel, PhD (2006-2008) dougkimmel@tamarackplace.com Fax 1: (617) 965-0240

Olivia D. Moorehead-Slaughter, PhD (2007-2009) Fax 1: (617) 698-8663 OMS@PARKSCHOOL.ORG

Barbara J. Palombi, PhD (2007-2009) Fax 1: (616) 331-3215 palombib@gvsu.edu

Sandra L. Shullman, PhD (2007-2009) Fax 1: (614) 573-3201 slshullman@aol.com

APA Board of Directors —

Sharon S. Brehm, PhD
President
Department of Psychology
1101 East 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7007
Work phone: (812) 855-4234
Fax: (812) 855-4691

Alan E. Kazdin, PhD
President-Elect
Department of Psychology
Yale University
P.O. Box 208205
New Haven, CT 06520-8205
Work phone: (203) 432-9993
Fax: (203) 432-4525
alan.kazdin@yale.edu

Gerald P. Koocher, PhD
Past President
Dean, School for Health Studies
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115-5898
Work phone: (617) 521-2313
Fax: (617) 327-7725
Email: koocher@simmons.edu

Barry S. Anton, PhD
Recording Secretary
Department of Psychology
University of Puget Sound
CMB 1046
Tacoma, WA 98416-1046
Work phone: (253) 879-3756
Fax: (253) 879-3500
Email: anton@ups.edu

Carol D. Goodheart, EdD
Treasurer
114 Commons Way
Princeton, NJ 08450-1507
Work phone: (609) 987-8844
Fax: (609) 987-8844
Email: carol@drcarolgoodheart.com

Norman B. Anderson, PhD
Chief Executive Officer & Executive Vice President
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Work phone: (202) 336-6095
Fax: (202) 336-6069
Email: nanderson@apa.org

Members-At-Large —

Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD
(2005-2007)
Department of Psychiatry – Fegan 8
Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5794
Email: jessica.daniel@childrens.harvard.edu
Work phone: (617) 355-6734
Fax: (617) 730-0319

Lisa Grossman, JD, PhD
(2006-2008)
500 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 1520
Chicago, IL 60611
Work phone: (312) 245-5222
Fax: (312) 467-9534
Email: lrgrossman@aol.com

Douglas C. Haldeman, PhD
(2006-2008)
2001 Western Avenue
Suite 310
Seattle, WA 98121
Work phone: (206) 443-4306
Fax: (206) 728-1180
Email: doughaldeman@aol.com

Ronald H. Rozensky, PhD
(2005-2007)
University of Florida
P.O. Box 100165
1600 S.W. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32610-0165
Work phone: (352) 273-6033
Fax: (352) 273-6156
Email: rozensky@phhp.ufl.edu

Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD
(2007-2009)
Anderson House at Heritage Square
Vasquez & Associates
2901 Bee Cave Road
Box N
Austin, TX 78746-5571
Work phone: (512) 329-8000
Fax: (512) 329-8299
Email: melvasquez@aol.com

Michael Wertheimer, PhD
(2007-2009)
546 Geneva Avenue
Boulder, CO 80302-7140
Work phone: (303) 492-6347
Fax: (303) 492-2967
Email: wertheim@colorado.edu

Actual Proposal:

Call for Nominations for the Board of Directors Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation

Nominations are requested by March 19, 2007 for the Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation. Nominations should include a statement of interest and a curriculum vitae for each nominee. They should be sent to the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns Office by E-mail (lgbc@apa.org), by FAX (202-336-6040), or by mail at Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns Office, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE , Washington , DC 20002 . For any questions about the Task Force or the nomination process, contact the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns Office at 202-336-6041.

The Board of Directors authorized the five-person Task Force during its February 14-15, 2007, meeting, and allocated $12,500 from its 2007 discretionary fund to support two meetings of the task force in 2007.

The Task Force was given the following charge:

(1) To revise and update the APA resolution Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation (1997);

(2) To generate a report that includes the following:

(a) The appropriate application of affirmative therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents who present a desire to change either their sexual orientation or their behavioral expression of their sexual orientation, or both, or whose guardian expresses a desire for the minor to change;

(b) The appropriate application of affirmative therapeutic interventions for adults who present a desire to change their sexual orientation or their behavioral expression of their sexual orientation, or both;

(c) The presence of adolescent inpatient facilities that offer coercive treatment designed to change sexual orientation or the behavioral expression of sexual orientation;

(d) Education, training, and research issues as they pertain to such therapeutic interventions;

(e) Recommendations regarding treatment protocols that promote stereotyped gender normative behavior to mitigate behaviors that are perceived to be indicators that a child will develop a homosexual orientation in adolescence and adulthood;

(3) To inform the Association’s response to groups that promote treatments to change sexual orientation or its behavioral expression and to support public policy that furthers affirmative therapeutic interventions.

The Board was asked to establish the Task Force by the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns (CLGBC) and the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI). CLGBC and BAPPI recommended the Task Force as a mechanism for revising and updating the 1997 APA resolution Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation to reflect the larger body of research and scholarship on sexual orientation conversion therapy, or so-called reparative therapy, that has been published since 1997, as well as to take into account that other professional associations have adopted resolutions since the 1997 APA resolution. Several external organizations have recommended that APA update its policy, because of their concerns about the continued visibility of reparative therapy practitioners and treatment facilities and about the role of advocacy for reparative theory in attempts to shape public opinion about the nature of sexual orientation and to support an anti-gay activist role in legislative and judicial arenas.

The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns will review the nominations at its March 23-25 meeting and present slates of nominees to BAPPI for review and approval.

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