Sheldon W. Helms presents Straight Talk About Gay Conversion
As our country tackles the subjects of marriage equality, gays in the military, and other issues of inclusion of gays and lesbians into mainstream society, fringe religious and therapeutic organizations operate mostly in the shadows, attempting to convert their homosexual clients to heterosexuality through a mixture of prayer and pseudoscience.
In this talk, Sheldon W. Helms describes the history of attempts to approach homosexuality as an illness, and efforts by some to help gays go straight. The techniques they use are not only ineffective, but often leave victims susceptible to shame, depression, and even increased risk of suicide.
Some forms of gay conversion therapy have been outlawed in a few U.S. states, and one of the primary institutions that promoted it has announced its closure, but what are the real stories behind these developments, and do they go far enough?
Sheldon W. Helms is a professor of psychology at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA who speaks out regularly on issues of interest to scientists and skeptics. He is the former VP of the Bay Area Skeptics, co-chair of the psychology forum at the Commonwealth Club of SF, and hosts the weekly science and skepticism podcast, ShelShocked.
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