Via Mediaite, Brooke Baldwin won’t brook any nonsense from “Ex-Gay” reparative therapist David Pickup (a-heh). She forces his hand and makes him admit that NARTH is planning on suing California for their ban on reparative therapy on minors.
Considering most of their depression comes from the repressive environment they live in (since being gay is so obviously undesirable that they can’t possibly come out!), and reparative therapy is like bleaching your hair to “repair” being a brunette as though being brunette is something to be shunned, I’m very glad that these charlatans and their “therapy” are banned from peddling their snake oil on kids.
To claim that it’s homosexuality itself that’s the cause of the suicide — that’s just telling someone they’re broken and selling them the cure. Considering the entire phenomenon grew out of religious motivations, it’s not a stretch to see where the specific tactics came from. Religious folks have used the “you’re broken, Jesus is the cure” tactic to great success for millenia, after all.
I am concerned though, considering the ample evidence that it is damaging, that it’s not yet banned for adults as well. Teaching people that immutable parts of their genetic makeup must, should and can be muted is self-evidently damaging psychologically. Why is it still allowed for adults? Don’t we already have laws in place in Canada and the US to prevent people from selling harmful products? What makes it different when the harm is psychological?