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  1. Mike Ryan says

    Interesting that even the father understood that he could not change his son’s sexual orientation but that he had built his medical reputation on the claim that it was a mental illness. For many straight homophobic men it all centers around their ego. Had the father publicly admitted that he could not change a person’s sexual orientation, that he had been wrong, that being gay was something a minority of the population is born with, he would have been admired today. History reveals you and sadly, for Dr. Charles Socarides he is remembered as a poor and destructive psychiatrist. That’s not what you want to build a lifetime of work to achieve and leave to the world.

  2. Houndentenor says

    This is, sadly, a typical story. There are many anti-gay preachers whose gay children claim they are cool with their homosexuality but who remain publicly anti-gay. The cognitive dissonance required to be a religious fundamentalist is well-documented. I don’t know why someone who supposedly uses science to form conclusions would fall into the same trap.

  3. Gigi says

    I’ve always wondered how Richard’s coming out was like. I didn’t imagine this. I’m not sure that I could have maintained a relationship with a man like this. Did Richard ever challenge his father publicly?
    If he continued trying to “cure” gay men but was never once tried to “cure” his son then he was a hypocrite. Not the first, not the last, but a hypocrite nonetheless.

  4. says

    Maybe this explains why Socarides didn’t have a problem working for Clinton and helping him with DOMA and DADT.

    But until he explains / apologizes for the money he made and the role he played I don’t think he’s much different than Kenny Smehlman…

  5. Richard says

    Count me as someone who actually went to his father for treatment! Fortunately, I thought he was “weird,” and stopped going after a few sessions…

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