Gay Issues

Psychiatrist Bob Spitzer Retracts Claim That Gays Can Change

| by Michael Allen

Psychiatrist Bob Spitzer, who published a 2001 study claiming that "highly motivated" gay and lesbian people could change, now wants to retract his claims.

The 80-year-old Spitzer told the American Prospect: "In retrospect, I have to admit I think the critiques are largely correct. The findings can be considered evidence for what those who have undergone ex-gay therapy say about it, but nothing more.”

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Spitzer asked writer Gabriel Arana print a retraction of his 2001 study, "so I don’t have to worry about it anymore."

Spitzer's study was based on 200 interviews with ex-gay patients.  He later claimed that ex-gay therapy worked "for a highly select group of motivated individuals."

Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen said in a statement: "Spitzer just kicked out the final leg from the stool on which the proponents of 'ex-gay' therapy based their already shaky claims of success."

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