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‘Ex-gay’ conversion therapy founder Joseph Nicolosi has died

‘Ex-gay’ conversion therapy founder Joseph Nicolosi has died

Founder of gay conversion therapy and leader in the ex-gay movement Joseph Nicolosi

The pioneer of reparative gay conversion therapy Dr. Joseph Nicolosi has died.

Nicolosi was a co-founder of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) and a prominent leader in the ex-gay movement.

He died on Thursday from complications from the flu which was confirmed by the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic in a Facebook post.

Nicolosi was director of the clinic which he founded in 1981 and is where he ‘helped many men reduce their unwanted same-sex attractions and assisted them in exploring their heterosexual potential’.

He claimed he founded the clinic ‘to promote respect within the mental-health profession for worldview diversity—whether a person seeks to identify as gay, or to work toward developing his heterosexual potential’.

In a documentary Nicolosi is heard saying: ‘Everyone is heterosexual.’

‘The idea that some people are naturally homosexual, or naturally gay, is just a social construct,’ he said.

‘So when you have individuals with same-sex attraction, we it as something went wrong developmentally and we try to resolve the issue and put them back on the path toward their natural heterosexuality.’

Ex-gay, conversion, reparative therapy

Gay conversion therapy is a range of discredited practices that claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Many medical and mental health organizations have long rejected gay conversion therapy with some states in the United States and countries banning the practice altogether.

‘There is no sound scientific evidence that innate sexual orientation can be changed,’ the World Psychiatric Association said in a 2012 statement.

‘Furthermore, so-called treatments of homosexuality can create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination flourish, and they can be potentially harmful.

‘The provision of any intervention purporting to ‘treat’ something that is not a disorder is wholly unethical.’

Needless to say people who survived reparative therapy or opposed it were vocal about Nicolosi’s death.