Recovery Resources | The HopeQuest Ministry Group, Inc.  Former president of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Nicholas Cummings, the man who introduced the proposal for the APA to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness in 1975, said last year that the APA was now dominated by “ultraliberals” from the “gay rights movement” who refuse to even permit debate on the issue of reparative therapy/conversion therapy for homosexuality.  Cummings also said that the organization’s problems began with the rejection of the Leona Tyler Principle requiring all public APA positions be supported by scientific evidence.

Cummings’s views mirror those of Dr. Robert Spitzer, a past president of the American Psychiatric Association, who also led the efforts there to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness.  Spitzer criticized his organization for years and published a study in 2000 positing that “highly motivated” homosexuals could be successful in altering their sexual preferences through reparative therapy which now only involves behavioral modification and aversion therapy and not the sometimes brutal earlier methods of treatment.

The APA, dominated as it is by homosexual extremists, vociferously opposes and condemns reparative therapy chiefly because, they say, it is predicated on the assumptions that homosexuality is a mental disorder and that the patient should change his/her sexual homosexual orientation.

The second of those assumptions is absolutely valid; reparative therapy does indeed try to change patients’ homosexual orientation in the interests of both their physical and  psychological well-being.  The first assumption is as patently flawed as the APA’s rejection of scientific evidence to support its aberrant positions; Doctors Cummings and Spitzer early on wanted to remove mental illness as a diagnosis from psychiatrists’ “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)” and fully endorse reparative therapy.

Sciortino fundraiser by Mass. Governor!  All of the above is a regrettably-lengthy introduction to a bill filed in the Massachusetts House this week.  Bill H154, sponsored by proud homosexual Rep. Carl Sciortino (D-Medford), bans therapy by licensed mental health professional for anyone under 18 designed “(A) to change behavioral expression of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, or (B) to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.”

However, H154 does permit mental therapy that ”provides acceptance, support, or understanding” of a young person’s homosexuality or transgenderism.

Translated: H154 forbids mental health professionals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to counsel and help immature and confused kids to discover if they are wrong in evaluating either their sexual or gender identification and makes it a crime for therapists to attempt to dissuade kids from engaging in potentially-dangerous sexual activities, which frequently involve adults such as Rep. Sciortino.  On the other hand, should any Bay State mental health professional provide therapy that is accepting, supportive, and understanding of kids who think they might be gay, or any young boy who thinks he’d like to try being a girl, or vice-versa, that therapist will probably be awarded a medal by Sciortino–or by NAMBLA.

As required by law, the Massachusetts House conducted a public hearing on H154, a hearing stacked with angry activists from the homosexual and transgender lobbies, but they did include testimony from a number of ex-homosexuals including a 22 year old woman, a former lesbian who had been seduced and molested when she was 15 by an older woman.

She testified: “Finally at age 17 I got counseling, and five years later I have completely regained myself and my identity. I was excited about life, emotionally stable, and completely free from lesbianism–both the activity and the desires. . . I really don’t know who I would be today if I had not gone through those years of counseling.”  

A young man who had been abused by his father, experiences that turned him gay, also gave witness:  “And this arrested my emotional development. Without realizing it, I was  rejecting my own masculinity. . . I thought that I didn’t measure up as a man, . . . I began seeking affirmation and acceptance from other men that I did not get from my father. . . I never asked for or wanted these feelings. But I didn’t know how to deal with them until I received counseling . . . I stand before you today with my sexuality completely restored by the grace of God, . . . I wish that I had access to counseling when I was a teenager so I could address this dysfunction a lot sooner.   

Needless to say, angry, gay activists–an obvious redundancy–weighed in at the hearing and they were typically venomous as were a number of legislators including Rep. Farley-Bouvier and Rep. Paul Theroux who harassed the ex-gay man with questions such as, “You said in your testimony that no one is born homosexual. Can you prove that for us?”  

The man should have asked Theroux if he could prove gays are born that way but he was too polite to ask. 

As of today, Bill H154 is still in committee.  Anyone can submit written testimony in favor of or opposing H154 via email to and can call and individually email members at

As Edmund Burke wrote, All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”  What could be more evil than luring our children into perilous lifestyles and then legislatively deny them the reparative therapy that could literally save their lives?  

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