Ex-Gay Therapy Kills. Stop Accrediting NARTH
  • Petitioned California's Board of Behavioral Sciences

This petition was delivered to:

Patricia Fay, Continuing Education Coordinator
California's Board of Behavioral Sciences

Ex-Gay Therapy Kills. Stop Accrediting NARTH

    1. J M
    2. Petition by

      J M

      Washington, DC

July 2011


Talk About Equality's Jamie McGonnigal reports that the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is no longer accredited to provide continuing education credits in California because they fell behind on their fees to remain accredited.

NARTH teaches dangerous and debunked "ex-gay" therapy. Prior to McGonnigal's petition, Licensed Educational Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers could attend classes at NARTH about so called "ex-gay" therapy and apply those credits towards their license renewal requirements. 

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences plans to review their approval process for continuing education providers in September 2011. 

Board of Behavioral Sciences Spokesman Russ Heimerich told The Sacramento News & Review, “We certainly do believe that there is a lot of room for improvement.”




The National Association for the Research & Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH) encourages "reparative therapy" for LGBT people. This form of conversion therapy has been proven to be harmful by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Counselors Association One of the founders of NARTH, George Rekers - was infamously involved in a scandal when it was discovered he was traveling through Europe with a "rent boy." He claimed he was trying to help the boy while receiving naked sensual massages.

NARTH has been at the root of several documented suicide attempts and continues to operate their hateful and harmful "services." NARTH is listed by California's Board of Behavioral Sciences as an accredited organization from which Licensed Educational Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers can receive credits toward license renewal.

According to a reader at Towleroad:

I was wondering if you could help me raise awareness about in issue. I am a Licensed Educational Psychologist here in Los Angeles. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences is responsible for licensing LEPs, MFTs, and LCSWs here in California. I was recently looking at BBS website in order to determine which organizations I could obtain my continuing education credits from in order to renew my license. Much to my shock and sadness, the BBS accepts CEUs from NARTH. I am absolutely appalled. No therapist in California should be able to renew their license by obtaining CEUs from this hateful organization. "Homosexual conversion therapy" is not supported by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, or the American Counselors Association. I have written the the BBS with my concerns, but I have not heard back. Could you help me bring attention to this issue? We need to get them removed from this list ASAP.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jordan Lowe MILWAUKEE, WI
      • about 3 years ago

      Ok so many people have already came out and said how sorry they are on behave of this organization. It is brainwashing. They are trying to make gays hate themselves and resist temtations. How can you resist something that is so deep down in your heart. For god sake we are talking about loving another human being, how can you just resist that as if you were resisting eating a friggin candy bar. Love is love, we are all humans, so why does it matter who we love. It is not as if we are trying to make love to a billy goat at night, we are making love to our partner, and we should be able to do so just like any hetero couple. NARTH is such a waste of time. I just can not believe it still exsists! I could see small organizations doing ex gay therapy somewhere out in the sticks under the radar but we are talking about a huge operation here that is actually accredited. I think we need to press this issue with OBAMA. This has got to stop once and for all.

    • Dennis Paquin NORTH PORT, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Religious backed groups like NARTH are the cause of many of our society's prejudices, based their particular interpretations if the bible. only God knows how many innocent lives they have taken with their spread of hatred, and more importantly how many lives have they taken (or should I ask how many have they murdered?) by promoting self hatred.

    • Emily Goldsberry BOCA RATON, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Ya know..everyone talks of gays going to hell..its like, god may hate the sin but not the sinner...and we dont even have proof he hates the sin! I mean come on...so its documented in a book for god sakes theres millions of different versions of the book so who fucking knowing wtf is true...and also, if u read some of the book to be honest it seems like god is...dont take this wrong, but gay!! not in a bad way, (to those of u who think being gay is bad..aka ignorant fucks.) im seriouse...& if he was it would make him in a way like hitler..if the goin to hell for bein gay thing was true.Hitler was a jew yet he hated them and thought they were devils! which is hypocritical! so, if god was gay (which to be honest i think he was, read some entries of the bible, if u really study it ull see my point..) and he sends gays to hell, then that does make him like hitler in its own way...like, am i alone here?? Seriously all you people who "go by the bible" and shit its fucking wrong!!!!! You discriminate over the stupidest shit..love is love no matter what. If the world was man on man and woman on woman, and you were a man, and loved a woman, but everyone made fun of you and said it was wrong, would your love for that woman change?? I seriously do not think so. If you're a man, look at your girlfriend, or wife...if everyone was against your love, and thought your love for your wife or husband or boyfriend or girlfriend, was wrong...would you let that stop you from loving each other?? No, it makes you happy, they make you feel something you havnt ever experiance before...give you a feeling noone else can...their soul makes your soar...does it matter age?? or gender?? seriously...you people who think being gay is wrong, i want you to just look at ur significant other..or even a crush, and think...that in another world, your feelings would define you..and make you an outcast and made fun of and make you disciminated against.. Just think about that next time before you judge. Ugh I just i hate bible freaks so much because this probably still wont get through there mind andthey'll call ME a blasphemer...its to me all just stories, old wives tales just as vampires and the boogy man. We have no proof any of its true, we cannot speak for god. I mean i come from a very jewish family i go with that tradtition, however im not a person who pegs herself in one religion..im spiritual but not religious. i pray, i believe there is a god i believe there is a heaven i believe there is a thing callled saten and hell and it usually goes no futher. I feel religion is a poor excuse for war, causes to many issues...why die for something that u have no proof of? preach what may or may not be true? kinda the same as lying, and isnt that a sin? i dont know, am i alone? And i know of some familys who choose "god" and religion over their own kids! And to choose "god" and religion over ur child is an outrage. I have a friend named kaitlyn whos family kicked her out just because to her she seemed to be "a freak"! Unreal. And I have a friend named kylie whos going through the same thing with her crazy religious family like he mom thought she was possibly gay and you know christians..they think gays go to hell which,i mean isnt god supposedly supposed to love everyone? And love that gays have is TRUE love, if god sends someone to hell for being gay hes basically saying be vain and only date someone who u may not truely love or be interested in because shes a woman, and isnt being vain a sin as well? its all a contridiction to me, i follow none of it nor do i care to. My point is, I am a gay supporter and we're all human. Treat them with all the rights straight people have!!!

    • Nariki Kuroshino BLUE ISLAND, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      I know im only a kid, but even i know this is a terrible thing to do. If somebody came up to me and said that i should go to therapy for being bi, id most likely grin, bear it, then break down and sob later.

      • over 3 years ago

      Why does NARTH even have any kind of legitimate status at all. It continues to amaze me what we accept in this country. Perhaps the real organization should be called the National Organization for the Research and Therapy of Homophobic sociopaths, because these people are the real danger to our society.


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