Up until 1975, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders listed homosexuality as a psychological disorder. However, programs still existed that claimed that they could make a gay person straight. Multiple programs were based on religious ideology, and said that homosexuality was a sin and a disease. For many individuals, these programs made them feel less than human if they did not change, or incredibly confused if they “went straight.”
On Wednesday, August 5th, the American Psychological Association's Council of Representatives
While most people are elated at the results, there is some backlash from the communities who have pushed for the “ex-gay” programs. In the CNN report, Alan Chambers, who runs one of these programs, argued that they are effective: “The fact is that there are tens of thousands of men and women just like me who once identified as gay. For me and for these people, the truth is change is possible.” While Chambers may claim success, others can testify to its inefficiency and mental health degradation. In the review done by the American Psychological Association, they found “serious methodological problems” in many of the programs.