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Anti-Gay Activist Peter LaBarbera Tells Michael Sam to Seek 'Ex-Gay' Therapy in Open Letter

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Hate-monger Peter LaBarbera and his right-wing anti-gay organization Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) today issued an open letter to Michael Sam, August's OUT Magazine cover-boy, essentially telling Sam to seek ex-gay therapy:

6a00d8341c730253ef01a5119c7921970c-800wi…Since “coming out” you are also modeling a lifestyle that the cost for those living it, has been unpublicized but appalling—as it has for society. The troubling fact is minorities are suffering most and in growing numbers…

Believe it or not, no one is born “gay”; molestation, emotional  deprivation, parental or peer rejection, or other traumatic factors can foster same-sex attraction–but many men and women have managed it, diminished it, or eliminated it altogether. [See these heartwarming ex-"gay" testimonies.] Many accomplished this through Reparative Therapy and counseling, despite the relentless, unwarranted condemnation of and campaign against both by self-serving “gay” activists.

What we hope for from you, Michael, is that you don’t make your feelings, well-publicized as they have been, your claim to fame. Your achievements on the football field will earn you a legacy you can be proud of; your “coming out” as one celebrating homosexuality as normative can earn you only regret, as well as notoriety among millions of us.

Earlier this year LaBarbera was arrested in Canada. He also complained about being "forced" to watch the kiss Sam shared with his boyfriend Vito Cammisano after he was drafted into the NFL, calling it "homosexual perversion."

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  1. Here's my "open letter response" to Peter LaBarbera: Millions, yes, millons of people don't care what you think about any of us GLBTs so, please, just STFU!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jul 10, 2014 8:54:46 AM


  2. If he's so concerned about morality and role models, why isn't he out there condemning Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling for being fornicators? According to the bible, Peter should be organizing a group to stone them.

    Posted by: BillinOaklandCA | Jul 10, 2014 8:59:35 AM


  3. Hey Pete... no one is born religious. It's purely a learned behavior and can be unlearned. Plus it's a proven fact that over the millennia, millions of people have died because of religion, usually at the hands of other religious people. I suggest you get out of that destructive lifestyle.

    Posted by: TBD | Jul 10, 2014 9:07:38 AM


  4. Thank you not only to OUT magazine but Thank You to Michael Sam for being just who you are and being a positive gay role model for not only us, but the young people who may be struggling to identify with themselves and who they really are.

    Posted by: Fearsomebeard | Jul 10, 2014 9:14:08 AM


  5. someone needs to tell Pete he should seek out therapy. his OCD on lgbtq has taken over his life. can you imagine what his kids must be like?

    Posted by: mike/ | Jul 10, 2014 9:25:22 AM


  6. Pete's running out of places to hide.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 10, 2014 9:29:08 AM


  7. It is Peter LaBarbera, who needs therapy, lots of it.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jul 10, 2014 9:31:53 AM


  8. I don't see where Mr. LaBarbera has any right or business to stick his nose into someone's personal life.....It is NONE of Mr. LaBarbera's business to tell Michael Sam to seek reparation therapy....I will pray for you Mr. LaBarbera!

    Posted by: Bernie | Jul 10, 2014 9:52:19 AM


  9. Poor Porno Pete LaBarbera. He's constant craving for c*ck is causing him to lash out in such petty ways. He thinks about gay sex more frequently than Michael Sam (or any well adjusted gay man) does. What a tortured life he leads.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jul 10, 2014 11:31:33 AM


  10. An open letter to Peter LaBarbera:

    You seem to present yourself as an authority on psychology, human development, and/or biology.

    Please let us know what your credentials are in any of those areas.

    Posted by: To Peter LaBarbera | Jul 10, 2014 11:40:58 AM


  11. My open response:

    Phuck off.

    Posted by: Guy Johnson | Jul 10, 2014 11:47:11 AM


  12. Little freak needs to mind his own business. Pardon me, his own God-damned business.

    Posted by: BrighamSmith | Jul 10, 2014 12:16:04 PM


  13. Peter LaBarbera is going to drive at least one of his own children to suicide. Mark my word.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 10, 2014 12:29:45 PM


  14. What a great photo of Michael Sam!

    Posted by: SeattleMike | Jul 10, 2014 12:33:24 PM


  15. Like Michael Sam cares. Teeheehee.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jul 10, 2014 12:51:41 PM


  16. Oh please, Peter, say that to Michael Sam's face. You bring your plastic surgeon, we'll bring our popcorn.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Jul 10, 2014 12:58:18 PM


  17. Oh Porno Pete, only self-hating people confused by religious dogma and nonsense seek out something so stupid and ineffectual as your ex-gay "therapy" BS. Get a life.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Jul 10, 2014 1:31:46 PM


  18. Yeah, LaBarbera wants to get Michael Sam on his couch. He wants to do that naked hug therapy with him.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jul 10, 2014 2:12:49 PM


  19. Michael Sam should write back this reply:

    "Dear Porno Pete,

    Kiss my gay black @$$

    - with love, Michael Sam"

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jul 10, 2014 3:31:24 PM


  20. I bet Pete LaBarbera could make more money doing ads for low testosterone or impotence. He definitely looks like he's suffering from one or both of those. Or penis envy?

    Posted by: james street james | Jul 10, 2014 6:07:36 PM


  21. As a suggestion to Michael Sam, just in case he is looking for a response, in Der Ring des Nibelungen, Wotan dismissed Alberich by saying, "Grant him the joy of complaint." (a free translation of "Gönn ihm die geifernde Lust!")

    Posted by: Bill | Jul 10, 2014 6:45:26 PM


  22. Even if orientation doesn’t change, it’s best for gays/lesbians to be celibate just as it’s best for a person with tobacco orientation not to smoke. If homosexuality is inborn as some scientists believe, then it would be a birth defect. study which though needs to be replicated links smoking to homosexuality in adulthood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10582504/Smoking-increases-chances-of-child-being-homosexual-in-adulthood.html

    They have higher rates of smoking during pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on reservations so it would be a study to find out links between American Indian women smoking during pregnancy and a baby turning out homosexual or lesbian in adulthood. In 2011, I had suggested the link between a woman smoking during pregnancy and the increased risk of the baby turning out homosexual in adulthood, so this study is not new.

    behavior including sexual behavior can be learned. Never have I heard straights blame childhood sex abuse for reasons a man has sex with a woman and fathers children with her. Yet sometimes have heard gays and lesbians say childhood sex abuse is reason they do same sex behaviors. Sex abuse in youth can cause people to behave in ways. It’s not controversial to talk of nightmares, suicides, bed wetting often a result of sex abuse in youth. Yet when 1 talks gay/lesbian behaviors in adulthood because they learned this sexual behavior by being repeatedly molested, then gays with politically safe psychologists complain. The politically correct psychologists who deny this know it’s possible for a boy to turn out gay as a result of childhood sex abuse, yet deny what they know is true. Of course, not all who are sexually abused in youth become gay in adulthood-but the risk is higher.

    Main ideas of science and math are always the same (such as freezing temperature is 32 Degrees Fahrenheit & lower, 2+2=4) and with main ideas of science, unless new information is found which changes prior conclusion (such as in 1950s when they found a whale is a mammal not a fish as scientists first thought), the main ideas of science stay the same. I do not believe mainstream science/psychology in the 1960s to early 70s discovered anything new to change long held conclusions on homosexuality when they removed homosexuality from DSM in 1973. They have as said since 1973 become ideological on gay/lesbian topic. I don’t deny possibility homosexuality could be genetic or inborn for some but that is unproven. Even if it’s true that homosexuality is inborn for some people, homosexual/lesbian conduct would still be bad for health. Homosexual/lesbian conduct needs to be marginalized such as smoking/tobacco use is.

    I know my view offends homosexuals, but most smokers do not get offended by negative views of tobacco use. So homosexuals/lesbians have to hear others give negative views of their sex lives, because there is something wrong with this just as there’s something wrong with smoking.

    Repair therapy for gays and lesbians who want to be straight must be available just as repair therapy must be available for a drug junky who wants to become clean. For a therapy to have best chance of success, the patient has to want it for themselves. If a person goes into therapy because he or she is pressured by peers into this, they are usu. not going to last long because they don’t sincerely want it. If a kid is a junky and he or she doesn’t want therapy to quit drugs, then it’s usu. going to fail because they don’t want it. You can not force a person into therapy minus a court order and even if you do, if they don’t sincerely want it, it’s usu. will fail. While repair therapy to treat gayism, lesbianism often fails, using what you ask, we also should not have repair therapy to treat smoking, drug junkyism, etc. because that often fails. Minors can not be forced into therapy against will-minus a court order such as requiring medicines for a minor who does not want medicines.

    Yes, it should also be the right of homosexuals and lesbians not to go into repair therapy just as I support right of tobacco users not to have repair therapy to quit smoking and I support right of any lucid person to refuse medical care such as if a lucid person’s a heart attack victim and does not want open heart surgery, then it should be their right to refuse this. Yes, proof burden is on repair therapists, but if you aren’t going to have repair therapy for homsexuality/lesbianism, then you may as well not have repair therapy for drug junkyism or drunkardism, because such therapy often fails and high relapses. Is it possible for a homosexual or lesbian to change sexual behavior and sexual orientation to heterosexuality? There are gays and lesbians who sincerely believe they changed to heterosexuality and without contrary proof only they know.

    Posted by: Anirban AKA Abner Bhattacharya | Jul 10, 2014 9:20:34 PM


  23. People distrust mainstream psychologists or mental health ‘professionals’ on homosexuality because-

    1. They arrogantly say they’re mental health professionals as though what they say is infallible.

    2. They have pro-homosexual biases and are dishonest. Psychology since 1973 in the USA usually has a pro-homosexual bias and not trustworthy. If a psychologist says truth which offends homosexual groups, then it gets condemned by homosexual groups.

    If you are going to condemn therapy for homosexuals and lesbians who want to change to heterosexuality then you may as well condemn therapy for drug/drinking problems because such therapy often fails. Is it possible for a homosexual or lesbian to change sexual behavior and sexual orientation to heterosexuality? There are gays and lesbians who sincerely believe they changed to heterosexuality and without contrary proof only they know. Saying 1 does not know and that they will not conclude until they are convinced is Okay. The right thing to do is to hope they are right in their belief and that they did change to heterosexuality.

    However, It is arrogant for psychologists or mental health ‘professionals’ to think they know and condemn by saying they did not change to heterosexuality. It would be rude for a psychologist to condemn an alcoholic who thinks he or she sincerely recovered. Repair therapy for gays and lesbians who want to be straight must be available just as repair therapy must be available for a drug junky who wants to become clean.

    Can sexual orientation for some gays and lesbians change? We know that sexual behavior can. In 2001 Dr. Spitzer said that change was possible for highly motivated individuals and that happened after long journey and he got condemned by gay/lesbian groups. In 2007, he said that while gays and lesbians should not be forced into therapy, he believed it was the hubris of psychologists to deny this for those who want it.

    In 2012, Dr. RL Spitzer retracted, apologized to gay/lesbian groups, saying therapy doesn’t work and condemned it. What I must wonder is did Dr. Spitzer in 2012 say what he believed, or did he say it to pacify gay/lesbian groups ? People have a right to doubt Dr. Spitzer’s sincerity.

    Repair therapy for gays and lesbians who want to be straight must be available just as repair therapy available for a drug junky who wants to become clean. Yes, proof burden is on repair therapists, but if you aren’t going to have repair therapy for homsexuality/lesbianism, then you may as well not have repair therapy for drug junkyism or drunkardism.

    Posted by: Anirban AKA Abner Bhattacharya | Jul 10, 2014 9:21:58 PM


  24. My goodness....regarding the long-winded dissertation by the above mentioned AAAB, what a load of crap. Save it for the pulpit, hon. May the force be with your spirit, too.
    Regarding Pepe LaPew LaBarbera, whatssa matta dahling, did Hanna decide to leave you (as in, Hanna-LaBarbera)?

    Posted by: arg | Jul 11, 2014 6:26:29 AM


  25. The question begs - why does this homophobe LaBarbera CARE so much about where Sam sticks his penis? Psych 101 informs us that where an individual concentrates their focus thus lies their, ahem, FOCUS.

    Posted by: Will | Jul 11, 2014 7:35:29 AM


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