California Is First State to Ban Gay ‘Cure’ for Minors
By ERIK ECKHOLM
California has become the first state to ban the use for minors of disputed therapies to “overcome” homosexuality, a step hailed by gay rights groups across the country that say the therapies have caused dangerous emotional harm to gay and lesbian teenagers.
The Meaning of Same-Sex Attraction
By Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D.
In this paper taken from an upcoming book, the author describes his concept
of same-sex attractions as a reparative drive.
Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D.
Homosexual enactment temporarily relieves the stressful self-states that we repeatedly find in our SSA clients: most particularly, shame, conflicted assertion, the depressive mood that I call the "Grey Zone," and the social posture of the False Self.
For my clients, homosexual enactment does not represent their personal intentions, will or self-identity, and it is in violation of their aspirations and life goals. Gay life is unsatisfying to them, so they enter therapy in the hope of reducing their unwanted attractions and developing their heterosexual potential.
Homosexual acting-out, for these men, is an attempt at restoring psychic equilibrium in order to maintain the integrity of the self-structure. Through homosexual enactment, they unconsciously seek to attain a self-state of authenticity, assertion, autonomy, and gender-relatedness, but they have found that it eventually brings them none of those things-only a nagging feeling of inauthenticity, and still deeper discouragement.
Conflicting information...is this type of therapy harmful? Is banning one type of therapy that only involves speech a violation of the Consitution? What if someone wants the therapy and happens to be a minor?