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Inversion Therapy: To Be or Not To Be That Which One Condemns

2022-12-09

Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Personal)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2020/09/28

“I was a religious zealot that hurt people. People said they attempted suicide over me and the things I said to them. People, I know, are in therapy because of me. Why would I want that to continue?” — McKrae Game

When irony strikes in life, it can strike while the metal is hot, for the betterment of the rights of the accused, so called accusations, and to the advancement of a culture of critical thinking. Mahita Gajanan in Time described the story of McKrae Game who is a former conversion therapy advocate.

Game founded a South Carolina conversion therapy program. He is its former leader. “Former” because he came out of the closet; he’s gay. Now 51, Game came out two years after being fired by the Hope for Wholeness program, which was founded in 1999. The explicit and sole purpose of the conversion therapy program founded by Game was to rid non-heterosexual people of their sexual orientation identity, which comes with the hidden premise of this as a lifestyle or not something innate to the human being.

This can be all fun and games to popular freethought groups. However, as noted by Game, these institutions, religious orientation and ideological backings, individual biases, and practices & practitioners, and the like, lead to people ‘attempting suicide’ based on “things… said to them” or enter into “therapy” because of it. People die because of this garbage. That’s why it matters to speak frankly and to act forcefully against it. I’m certain many people reading this are sick of hearing about it, maybe even know individuals in their lives impacted by it.

Game, in an article by the Post and Courier, said, “Conversion therapy is not just a lie, but it’s very harmful… Because it’s false advertising.” In the course of the career for Hope for Wholeness, he talked about sexual attraction to men while struggling with gay pornography. In November, 2017, he was fired. Game argues the pornography was the reason for the firing. He spoke to be “devastated” and “humiliated.”

The American Medical Association and American Psychological Association discredit conversion therapy; therefore, “conversion therapy” is not, by definitional status of two legitimate organizations, a “therapy,” but, rather, a ‘therapy’ and does not, in fact, “convert.” Its title does nothing of the former part of it and fails legitimacy tests of the latter point within the relevant professions.

Mental health trauma and thoughts of suicide are linked to “attempts at changing a sexual orientation or gender identity.” Approximately 700,000 “LGBTQ” adults in the United States have received the discredited ‘therapies’ seen in conversion therapy based on the Williams Institute published in 2018. Only 18 states and Washington, D.C., currently ban conversion therapy.

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In-Sight Publishing by Scott Douglas Jacobsen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Based on a work at www.in-sightpublishing.com.

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