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Man who worked as top 'conversion therapist' (David Matheson) comes out as gay [View all]

Source: The Guardian

Man who worked as top 'conversion therapist' comes out as gay

David Matheson affirmed his sexuality after a leaked private conversation was reported by the group Truth Wins Out

Amanda Holpuch in New York
Fri 25 Jan 2019 19.00 GMT

A prominent “conversion therapy” advocate, David Matheson, has come out as gay after spending what he said were decades of his life entrenched in homophobia.

Matheson was a practitioner of the practice also known as “ex-gay therapy” or reparative therapy”, which promotes the false idea that being gay is something that should, and can, be “cured”. These therapies have been denounced by major medical bodies including the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association and the UK’s National Health Service.

Matheson said he knew his work had helped some people, but was certain he had hurt some people too.

“Not that I would excuse myself, but any shortcomings I had as a therapist came from too narrow a view of what ‘emotionally healthy’ can look like.” Matheson said on Facebook. “They came from my own homophobia and narrow-mindedness. I am truly sorry for those flaws and the harm they have surely caused some people. And I’m sorry for the confusion and pain my choice may be causing others.”

Matheson, a Mormon, affirmed his sexuality this week after the LGBT advocacy group Truth Wins Out reported on a leaked private conversation between Matheson and “conversion therapy” advocate Rich Wyler.


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/25/david-matheson-former-gay-conversion-therapy-advocate-comes-out

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