NPR: Stop Parroting "Ex-Gay" Propaganda
  • Petitioned Edward Schumacher-Matos

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Ombudsman, National Public Radio
Edward Schumacher-Matos
Reporter, National Public Radio
Alix Spiegel
Senior Editor, National Public Radio
Anne Gudenkauf
Acting Vice President for News, National Public Radio
Margaret Low Smith

NPR: Stop Parroting "Ex-Gay" Propaganda

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      Truth Wins Out

On Monday, August 1, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition aired a report from Alix Spiegel entitled “Can Therapy Help Change Sexual Orientation?” Instead of accurately representing “ex-gay therapy” as ineffective, dangerous, and condemned by every mainstream professional medical and mental health organization, NPR opted to misrepresent the facts, falsely framing the story as a debate between two equally legitimate sides that “has been raging in psychological circles for more than a decade.”

Nothing could be further from the truth. A 2009 press release from the American Psychological Association announcing the results of an exhaustive study on the efficacy of “ex-gay” therapy says it all: “Insufficient evidence [exists] that sexual orientation change efforts work… Practitioners should avoid telling clients that they can change from gay to straight.” In a recent ABC News interview discussing “ex-gay” therapy, renowned author and psychiatrist Jack Drescher put the discredited practice in its proper perspective: “This is so far outside the mainstream it's practically on Mars.”

Truth Wins Out, GLAAD, and other organizations called on NPR to correct and apologize for parroting “ex-gay” propaganda. Instead, NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos released a tepid, long-winded blog post in which he demonstrated a much greater interest in defending his reporter than correcting her errors.

The Ombudsman’s response is disappointing and woefully inadequate. We expect better from a top-notch, well-respected news organization like National Public Radio. Join Truth Wins Out in calling on NPR to meet with TWO and survivors of “ex-gay” programs so they can be fully informed about the dangers of the “ex-gay” myth.

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    • Charles L. Krugman FRESNO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      too many people are damaged by reparative therapy as it is the equivalent of a junk science and it does not work.

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    • Scott Maslin CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
      • about 3 years ago

      All one needs to do is watch Prayers for Bobby to realize the effects of so called reparative therapy.

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    • Stephen Toepel SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      NPR you need all the good support you can get, better rethink this issue.

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    • Kielen Shea HAGERSTOWN, MD
      • about 3 years ago

      There is nothing wrong with being gay! I am a very religious Christian AND a lesbian, and I will tell you right now that God does NOT hate gays! If he did, then I wouldn't be one of the luckiest people alive:

      I was supposed to be born without arms or legs and possibly stillborn, yet here I am.

      I was about to fall into a camel enclosure at the zoo when I was 3, but someone grabbed me.

      I fell down an escalator when I was around 5 or 6, but someone caught me.

      I was in an accident a few months ago, but I wasn't hurt.

      And when most people come out to their parents, they have a hard time getting used to it. But mine accepted me right away.

      I'm telling you, God loves all of us no matter who or what we are. This whole ex-gay therapy is a lie, no one can say anything to make me believe that it helps you get closer to God.

      We already are. :)

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    • Robin Reardon WALTHAM, MA
      • about 3 years ago

      Science has proven beyond any reasonable doubt that homosexuality is a natural, normally-occurring phenomenon in people and in non-human animals. Would you pray to God to change the date of your birth? You can change that just as easily as you can change your sexual orientation. And anyone who says praying will change either of them is lying. I think that's... what was the word? Oh, yes; a sin.

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