being a transexual
Category: Relationships and Society
Asked by: earthangel-ga
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26 Jun 2002 13:48 PDT
Expires: 26 Jul 2002 13:48 PDT
Question ID: 33723
I want to turn my life around and become straight, thru the help of support groups, therapists, prayer and websites.
Re: being a transexual
Answered By: fugitive-ga on 26 Jun 2002 14:36 PDT
Without being critical of your decision, I'm going to try to point you to available resources for "becoming straight." I can't make any guarantees as to the efficacy of any programs and recommend you consult more competent authority in lieu of taking my recommendations as to which information resources to use as advice of any kind. You do get what you pay for. I always start with my favorite Internet search engine, Google at: ://www.google.com/ Use the following terms to search for relevant resources: transformation ministries and gay ex-gay reparative therapy same-sex attachment disorder SSAD Note that you are just as likely to uncover sites that are trying to counter the arguments of those who posit homosexuality can be cured, as well as those who propose that such a cure is feasible. This is unavoidable by the nature of such a controversial issue. For every "pro" site you find you will find a number of "con" sites refuting the other. I recommend starting with The Ex-Gay Nomad who has a pretty thorough listing of ex-gay groups and resources on a web site at: http://members.aol.com/exgaynomad/x_org.htm This site appears to be a pretty neutral listing of such things, as well as including links to some counter ex-gay sites (i.e., there are several links to "Gay affirming" sites and resources). Nonetheless, for my money (and yours) this would be the best place to start for coming up with support groups, prayer oriented organizations, and web sites. A site that is more aggressively promulgating transformation from gay to straight is: International Healing Foundation http://www.gaytostraight.org/html/national.shtml You are likely to be able to get a list of recommended therapists by contacting the people at the above site. Please use the terms for searching Google that I listed at the beginning of this answer to find even more resources. fugitive-ga
Re: being a transexual
From: rebeccam-ga on 26 Jun 2002 15:01 PDT
Dear earthangel, I recently spent a lot of time researching this question, although I must admit I was seeking to educate someone about the degree to which the vast majority of medical and psychological professionals believes that 'reparitive' methods and therapies are damaging. To answer your question, there is only one organization I have found that specializes in and advocates therapies to "heal" homosexuality. NARTH (National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality) has a site with lots of information you'll likely be interested in. ( http://www.narth.com/ ) With that said, I hope you will research the opposition to this therapy as well (as we all should when considering controversial treatments of any kind.) Here are a few sites that might be a good jumping off point for that research: "Healing" Homosexuality http://milepost1.com/~gaydad/comeout/HealingHomo.html Religious Tolerance.org's INTRODUCTION TO REPARATIVE & SIMILAR THERAPIES http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_exod.htm Jeffry G. Ford (Licensed Psychologist)'as page on Reparative Therapy http://jgford.homestead.com/ PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays)'s page on Rearative therapy and ex-gay ministries http://www.pflag.org/about/mission.html Take care, and I wish you all the very best, Rebecca
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