(Warren Throckmorton, Left)
Sources have informed TruthWinsOut.org that Monday’s symposium featuring infamous “ex-gay” therapist Dr. Warren Throckmorton has been cancelled. The forum, “A Pastoral Approach for Gay & Lesbian People Troubled by Homosexuality,” suffered a major blow when panelist, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, pulled out of the event. Robinson expressed concern that the symposium, scheduled to take place the same week as the APA’s annual meeting in Washington, would be used as a public relations gimmick for Focus on the Family.
“The cancellation of this forum is welcome news because it gave the wrong impression that the American Psychiatric Association endorsed ‘ex-gay’ therapy, when, in fact, the organization soundly rejects such therapies,” said TWO Executive Director Wayne Besen.
Predictably, on his blog, Throckmorton claimed that the APA is “apparently afraid of a conversation.” What he conveniently failed to mention was that this discussion ended three decades ago and his side was defeated because they lacked scientific credibility. They have yet to provide a shred of evidence supporting the efficacy of ex-gay therapy, while there is evidence that such methods cause a great deal of harm.
“Throckmorton ‘counsels’ vulnerable gay people to either live a lifetime of loneliness or a lifetime of lies. This is neither healthy nor therapeutic and it’s a diagnosis for disaster,” said Besen.
David Scasta, the openly gay psychiatrist who shamelessly promoted the seminar, has not publicly commented on the events cancellation.