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Anderson Cooper On The Costs Of 'Reparative' Therapy: VIDEO


California's legislators, led by State Sen. Ted Lieu (D), are now contemplating a bill that would ban mental health professionals from performing "reparative" therapy on teenagers:

The controversial conversion therapy, sometimes also known as reparative therapy, attempts to change the sexual orientation of a person from homosexual (or bisexual) to heterosexual.

The bill would also require adults who submit to the therapy to sign a release saying they know what they're getting into.

"This therapy can be dangerous," Lieu said. He and supporters of the bill said conversion counseling is ineffective, can cause severe depression and guilt, and can even lead to suicide.

On his show last night, Anderson Cooper underlined the point by reacquainting his audience with the subject of last year's series, The Sissy Boy Experiment. That was the boy named Kirk Murphy, who became reparative therapy's posterchild after George Alan Rekers "treated" him in the early 70s, and who killed himself in 2003.



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  1. O hell no he did not just say bring out the heterosexual in you? o goodness I almost spit up my sub....

    Posted by: jason | May 12, 2012 6:14:19 PM

  2. Weird that a thread which is supposed to be about this terrible form of psychiatric abuse turns into a debate about whether AC is out enough to peoples liking. In any case, AC did report extensively on the Rekers rentboy thing. A little weird they did not mention it, but understandable given that it's a much less important story than the death of this poor man who was treated by Rekers.

    Posted by: Q | May 12, 2012 11:05:32 PM

  3. I salute State Senator Ted Lieu and the California Legislature for considering this bill. I urge them to pass it! The Hippocratic Oath is not mere homage to that classic genius. It is a moral imperative on all in the helping professions to: “First, Do No Harm!”

    I also salute AC for continuing coverage on this story. It’s unlikely that California would be considering such a bill today without the “Rekers-Rent Boy Scandal” and the attention that drew to this issue.
    The damage done by the Reverend Doctor Professor George Alan Rekers over the course of a 40-year career is beyond calculation.

    This California initiative is a modest but important start. I hope we see it pass and establish the momentum for wider adoption.

    Posted by: Bad Humor Boy | May 13, 2012 8:37:36 AM

  4. How many times during a broadcast does AC have to declare himself gay in order to satisfy some of you people?

    At all the commercial breaks, or just when the show kicks off or ends?

    Posted by: pb1025 | May 13, 2012 1:15:18 PM

  5. i just don't understand gay men who demand that Cooper come out in the same public and visible way that they refuse to do. it makes no sense.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 13, 2012 2:25:47 PM

  6. I think AC is wise in not publically announcing that he is gay on national TV. He often goes on assignments to war zones in Muslim countries. If he has publically announced his homosexuality, he life would be in even more danger.

    Posted by: andrew | May 14, 2012 2:50:33 AM

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