Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth (Paperback)
Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth
Routledge, 9781560234463, 340pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2003
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The real story behind "ex-gay" ministries and reparative therapy Nationally known activist Wayne Besen spent four years examining the phenomenon of "ex-gay" ministries and reparative therapies--interviewing leaders, attending conferences, and visiting ministries undercover as he accumulated hundreds of hours of research. The result is Anything but Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth, a groundbreaking expose of the controversial movement that's revered by independent religious groups and reviled by gay and lesbian organizations. The book presents a historical perspective on the dispute, examining "ex-gay" groups such as Love In Action, Exodus International, Homosexuals Anonymous, and profiling a cast of characters that includes Pat Robertson, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, "ex-gay" poster boy John Paulk, National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality activist Richard Cohen, and psychiatrist Dr. Robert Spitzer. An in-depth, well-researched, and historically significant account, Anything but Straight is full of startling facts and alarming surprises. The original content and novel material in the book includes:
- a first-ever comprehensive history of the "ex-gay" ministries and "reparative therapy"
- the inside story of the night the author photographed "ex-gay" poster boy John Paulk inside a gay bar
- the author's discovery that Anne Paulk lied about being a lesbian and has admitted to having a strong attraction to men BEFORE she became "ex-gay"
- previously undisclosed bizarre techniques used by the "ex-gay" ministries and "reparative therapists"
- the author's exclusive in-depth interviews with leading "ex-gay" leaders--they disclose their deepest secrets, hidden desires, and true motivations
- an extraordinary new study that shows that most "ex-gay" leaders have suffered from substance abuse or severe emotional problems--while many "ex-gay" leaders claim they were "unhappy being gay," this report helps prove that their dissatisfactions came not from their homosexuality, but from poor life choices and irresponsible behavior
- new revelations that one of the nation's leading "reparative therapists" hailed from a secretive cult that was scandalized for practicing nude therapy