Philadelphia Inquirer: Ex-gay movement the subject of Temple sociologist's book

By Samantha Melamed
Philadelphia Inquirer

The Straight Line by Tom WaidzunasIt's been a tough year for proponents of gay-conversion therapy: In 2015, 18 state legislatures considered or enacted laws against ex-gay therapy for minors, a program promising to turn gay men straight was deemed a fraud by a New Jersey civil court, and even President Obama condemned the practice.

So it's fitting that, in its twilight, the ex-gay movement is now the subject of a new history, by Temple University sociologist Tom Waidzunas.

The Straight Line: How the Fringe Science of Ex-Gay Therapy Reoriented Sexuality, released by the University of Minnesota Press, documents the evolution and decline of "reorientation" - which began with early experiments like induced seizures, electroshock, and aversion therapy, and continued in the mainstream psychology community well into the 2000s.

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