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Houston Voice, June 24, 2005 - File 007. 2005-06-24. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/3815/show/3776.

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Title Houston Voice, June 24, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 24, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript 6 JUNE 24,2005 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE r Experts question non-licensed counselors at 'ex-gay7 camp national news LOVE IN ACTION, continued from Page 1 blog since the first week in June and sources contacted by the Voice would not confirm Zach's full name. His parents also could not be identified. Morgan Fox, 25, who said he was a friend of Zach's, said he believed Zach was in a two-week program. Meanwhile, concerned citizens formed a group called the Queer Action Coalition. QAC began daily demonstrations in front of Love in Action offices to raise awareness of the dangers of "ex-gay" therapy. Homosexuality is not considered an illness by the medical community and no major counseling or psychological organization supports therapy that aims to change a person's sexual orientation. The American Psychological Association has said that it is unethical to subject an adolescent to reparative therapy According to Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays, "Several major professional organizations, includ ing the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, have all made statements against reparative therapy because of concerns for the harm caused to patients. The American Psychiatric Association has already taken clear stands against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation." Peterson Toscano is a gay man who spent two years in the Love in Action program as the last stop in a 17-year struggle to suppress his sexual orientation. He said that the program, which cost $950 per month, was highly restrictive. While he was in the program he was forbidden to go to most parts of Memphis, could not touch other men and had to submit to lengthy meetings where participants criticized each other over the ways that they appeared to be gay. Clients at Love in Action had to describe their sexual fantasies and deviant behaviors in front of groups so that they would be shamed, Toscano said. Toscano, who gave up his efforts in 1999, has written a play about his time at Love in Action called "Doing Time in the Homo No Mo' Half Way House." Toscano has been in contact with QAC and the Memphis media and said he plans to travel to Memphis to perform his play for free this weekend. Though his experience of Love in Action was as a consenting adult, Toscano expressed serious concern for adolescents who are forced to participate in what he characterized as an extremely damaging and misguided program. Although the program is live-in for adults, teenagers are driven to the facility each day by their parents who are required to stay in a nearby hotel that is approved by Love in Action. Toscano said that Smid has taken the 12-step program designed for drug addic tion and is trying to apply it to homosexuality. The "ex-gay" operators of the camp are themselves victims of a system that has convinced them that the only way that they can serve Jesus is to run an "ex-gay" facility, Toscano said. "If they really understood that what they were doing was causing harm they would be horrified." Psychotherapist Joe Kort echoed those sentiments. "My own judgment about reparative therapy is that it is a covert form of sexual abuse and assaultive to the sexuality of those who participate," he said. Kort is an adjunct professor teaching gay and lesbian studies at Wayne State University's School of Social Work. Jeffry Ford is a licensed psychologist who served as a leader in the "ex-gay" movement for years but left and is now in private practice in Minnesota. Ford said that Love in Action resembles a cult in that officials there monitor their clients' behavior and clients are not allowed to be alone with just one man or woman. Obligation to 'mold a child' According to Julie Neils, spokesperson for Exodus International, an umbrella group for "ex-gay" projects, Love in Action's Refuge program is the only project they are affiliated with that focuses on gay teens. Love in Action has only offered services to adolescents for two years. Administrator Tommy Corman said that the program has treated 23 adolescents and that there are currently two teenage boys in the program, both signed up for six-week programs. Corman confirmed that teens are sometimes forced to participate in the programs, but dismissed the idea that this is wrong. "Youth camps, vacation bible school, Sunday school, how many places do parents put their children against their will," Corman said. Corman has worked at Love in Action for about a year and a half. He said that though the program advertises treatment for problems associated with drugs, alcohol and pornography, it is homosexuality, which the organization sees as a "deviant sexual behavior," that is the main focus. Danny Cobsy is the only staff member listed on the Love in Action Web site who is licensed by the state of Tennessee as a counselor. Cosby is an alcohol and drug treatment counselor and works directly with the clients at Love in Action. A source in the State Board of Certification of Health Related Boards said that the ethical requirements for drug and alcohol counselors licensed in Tennessee forbid counselors to discriminate based on sexual orientation. 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