There is an alarming trend of gay conversion therapists moving to Utah as other states are clamping down on the abusive and fraudulent practices denounced by an astounding number of professional mental health and medical associations. Please, those of you in Utah and in LDS congregations, familiarize yourself with this line of practices, broadly labeled by those doing them as “men’s work.”
As reported in the Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday, September 27, 2015:
“I said, ‘I really like [her],’ ” Nielson recounts [of his Journey Into Manhood weekend retreat sponsored by the organization People Can Change]. “And he said, ‘It’s not enough to like [her], you have to want to rape her.’ And that is a direct quote.”
“We then proceeded to line up in two rows and face each other. We were told, if we wanted, we could ask questions, make comments, and were encouraged to study each part of the other person’s body. Then, we’d switch,” says the LDS returned missionary, who asked that his name not be used because his family does not know all that went on there, “and by the time we were done, I had thoroughly examined the naked bodies of eight other people, and they had done the same to me.”
Utah is an epicenter for these practices, often called “gay conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy.” These are less popular terms among those perpetuating it, who usually favor less familiar code terms like “gender wholeness therapy,” “gender healing therapy,” or “gender affirming processes.” (The invocation of “gender” stems from the debunked theory that homosexuality in men is derivative from a disordered male gender identity.) Other typical code phrases include “healthy touch,” “healing touch,” or “golden father touch.” Please internalize the realities of what LDS recovery groups are offering: a closeted world sustained by emotional arousal techniques including violence against women and erotic desire for other men, where more and more shame is heaped upon emotionally vulnerable individuals through the actions of amateurs who need to be exposed.
The full text for the two gay conversion therapy articles found in the September 27, 2015 Salt Lake Tribune may be found at the following links:
- Conversion therapies don’t work, experts say, so why do gay Mormon still seek them out?
- Ex-Utahn’s journey from Mormon counseling to ‘abusive’ reparative therapy and, ultimately, a happy gay marriage