Gay Issues

Billboard Company Promises To Remove Ex-Gay Therapy Ad

| by Michael Allen

David Pickup, a therapist in Dallas, Texas, recently put up an ad for reparative "ex-gay" therapy on a billboard positioned near U.S. Highway 75.

Pickup, a licensed marriage and family therapist, told The Dallas Morning News last year, "What reparative therapy does is it uses psychodynamic processes to access those deeper wounds that are hidden underneath the homoerotic impulses. It resolves the male identity wounds and helps the guy get those needs met.”

Pickup added that homosexuality is an issue “based on severe emotional wounds" and that unfulfilled childhood needs become sexualized in gay adults.

However, no major medical associations have supported "reparative therapy," noted Newsweek.

The ex-gay Christian ministry Joel 2:25 International, also based in Dallas, posted a picture (above) of the billboard on the organization's Facebook page and wrote, "Hopefully, this will help get the Truth to those who can benefit."

Terry Kafka, the president of Impact Outdoor Advertising, which is displaying the ad, told ThinkProgress that he thought the ad was for some kind of therapy for couples, and had never heard of “reparative therapy.”

Kafka called the ad “repulsive to me personally” and added, “If we had known, we wouldn’t have put it up in the first place.”

He plans to pull the ad off his billboard by next week.

Sources: The Dallas Morning News, Newsweek, Facebook, ThinkProgress
Image Credit: Facebook Screenshot