When Dr. Robert Spitzer renounced his 2001 study that claimed that some “highly motivated” people were able to change their sexual orientation, it sent shock waves throughout the ex-gay universe. Reactions from the “people CAN change” crowd has ranged from denial (and still calling the study valid) to completely ignoring Spitzer’s renunciation.
Truth Wins Out has provided excellent coverage on Dr. Spitzer’s renunciation and has posted a new video interview with him. Wayne Besen writes:
In 1973, Dr. Robert Spitzer led the charge to successfully have homosexuality removed from the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), which is its list of mental disorders. This was a major victory and remains one the gay movement’s signature achievements.
Given his stature and key role in declassifying gay people as sick, it was quite a surprise when Dr. Spitzer published a non-peer reviewed 2001 study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior that claimed some “highly motivated” gay people could reach their “heterosexual potential” through prayer and therapy. When he announced his work at the 2001 APA meeting in New Orleans, it created a media sensation. An Associated Press story called his findings “explosive.”
In 2012, Dr. Spitzer recanted in the American Prospect magazine and in a letter to the Archives of Sexual Behavior, obtained by Truth Wins Out, Dr. Spitzer asked that his study be withdrawn. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Showand the New York Times covered his apology.
Read more (as well as a full transcript of the video) at Truth Wins Out. And definitely watch the video below.