Gary and I (a gay couple quoted in the article) want to thank you for your excellent article on the reparative therapy controversy. It was a well-stated and well-balanced report.
It was interesting that you included some quotes from Tricia Hannigan. She was one of the professors in my master's program at Cal State Fullerton. Her class, Sexual Dysfunction and Social Delinquency, was the only time I heard any mention of homosexuality or how to approach therapy with gay clients. Gayness was listed alongside rape, torture, murder, prostitution, fetishism, etc., reflecting the old school of thought that homosexuality is considered a perversion. Tricia never really spoke out on the gay issue in this class or made derogatory comments about gays, but it is interesting to note that she compares reparative therapy with a "priest or nun choosing to be celibate in honor of their religious beliefs." How noble, and how off the point! This comment does not address the question of whether it is possible (or psychologically desirable) for gays to try to become straight. Celibacy is not a change in sexual orientation. Priests and nuns continue to be gay or straight even though they do not act on their desires.