An openly gay man
is running for president of the American Psychiatric
Association. Jack Drescher heads the APA's Association of
Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists and is a critic of
therapeutic efforts to turn gay people straight. This
summer he told TheNew York Times that "most people who go through
these experiences often come out feeling worse than
when they went in."
Activists in the "ex-gay" movement say that if
Drescher wins the post, it could mean dark days for
them. Alan Chambers of Exodus International said
on Focus on the Family's news site that he's
"very concerned that our culture is being fed misinformation
and that people are reacting in a way that is
detrimental to our religious liberties."
One of the leading proponents of reparative
therapy, Warren Throckmorton, told Family News in
Focus that there's no way of predicting Drescher's
agenda but that whatever it is, he'll be highly visible and
influential. The APA sends out ballots next month.
(Sirius OutQ News)