British actor, author and filmmaker Stephen Fry recently traveled to Los Angeles where he interviewed Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, a well-known practitioner of “reparative” or “conversion” therapy that supposedly turns gay people straight.
Fry also interviewed one of Dr. Nicolosi's patients Dan Gonzales, who is an ex-ex-gay, which means he was gay, went through reparative therapy, tried to become straight, but is still gay, notes GoodAsYou.org.
Dr. Nicolosi began the interview (video below) by claiming that homosexuality is "based on trauma."
"The boy does not dis-identify with the mother and does not bond with the father," added Dr. Nicolosi. "We do not believe he was born gay."
Fry asked Dr. Nicolosi what would happen if a gay gene were discovered by scientists, to which he answered, "They will still have to explain all the homosexuals that were successfully treated."
When it comes to success rates of turning gays to straight, Dr. Nicolosi says, "A third, no change, a third, significant improvement, a third, cure."
"I would say about maybe 60 percent of our clients are teenagers. Parents call up in a panic because they found out their son is looking at gay porn and, of course, we have to get him into therapy," added Dr. Nicolosi. "The momentum and enthusiasm of the gay movement sometimes sweeps up adolescents into that identity when it's premature."
"Many of these clients are able to trace their traumatic origins back to their father," stated Dr. Nicolosi, who also claimed he can re-program masturbation habits.
However, Fry said that Dr. Nicolosi would not allow any of his success stories to be interviewed.
In contrast, Dr. Nicolosi's former patient Gonzales told Fry that "ex-gays" are not actually cured of being gay, even if they are married, but rather made to suppress their true desires.
The Washington Post recently reported that an ex-gay group "Voice of the Voiceless" is demanding that ex-gay treatment be offered at Virginia colleges.
Voice of the Voiceless founder Christopher Doyle claims that students have a right to hear from all sides: “You take the client’s goals, and you work with their goals and you don’t impose your own values. It’s supposed to be value neutral.”
However, there is not one major medical association that supports ex-gay therapy.