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."

Comments

  1. HadenoughBS says

    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!

  2. BillinOaklandCA says

    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.

  3. TBD says

    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.

  4. says

    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.

  5. Bernie says

    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!

  6. Tyler says

    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.

  7. To Peter LaBarbera says

    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.

  8. SoLeftImRight says

    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.

  9. james street james says

    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?

  10. Bill says

    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!”)

  11. Anirban AKA Abner Bhattacharya says

    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.

  12. Anirban AKA Abner Bhattacharya says

    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.

  13. arg says

    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)?

  14. Will says

    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.

  15. ToTripoli says

    Anirban AKA Abner Bhattacharya:

    What a load of lies, misinformation, and conspiracy-theory nonsense.
    Every reputable psychologist & mental health professional agrees with the APA on homosexuality not being a mental disorder. You may not “believe” they found anything to suggest that, but your beliefs do not dicate reality. Advances in technology & a better understanding of how the human brain works led to homosexuality being taken out of the DSV, because it simply does not fit the definitions of mental illness.

    It is also not a “birth defect” or a choice, anymore than being attracted to blondes or people of other races is a “defect” or a choice. Sexuality is a combination of pheremonal response, hormonal reactions & brain chemistry. If you can explain how a person can change those chemical responses at will, then I guarantee you’ll win a Nobel Prize.

    As for homosexuality being unhealthy: it’s no more so than heterosexuality. There is literally nothing that gay people do that straight people don’t also do. The fastest-growing risk group for HIV/AIDS (and indeed, all STDs) is *straight men.* The lowest-risk group for any & all STDs & sexually-related illness is lesbians – so by your logic, being lesbian is better than being straight.

    Your claim about ex-gays is another lie. It has been proven that “reparative therapy” does NOT work, is psychologically harmful, and is not nor ever was approved by any reputable health organization. Even the most prominent “ex-gay therapy” groups have admitted that the entire thing is a scam & a fraud, Exodus International being first among them.

    Lastly, your bit about homosexuality being caused by sexual abuse & childhood trauma has been debunked for decades, and repeatedly so dozens of times. It’s a claim that is based on lies, confirmation bias, and ignoring the overwhelming majority of gay people who never experienced any sort of childhood or sexual trauma.

    Abner, Please stop spreading lies under the guise of being “helpful.” You are helping nobody, and you are repeating the exact same claims made against interracial couples in the 1960s – only replacing “black” and “interracial” with “gay.”

  16. Anirban AKA Abner Bhattacharya says

    I don’t care that the American Medical Association says that homosexual/lesbian activities isn’t a disease-go ahead & cure it. 33% of gays report homosexual rape in youth. Why people take part in gay/lesbian activities is the same as why people get heart disease. Some people take part in gay/lesbian activities because maybe it’s because of biological defect such as hormones or if it’s genes a birth defect. Then some people take part in gay/lesbian activities because of childhood sex abuse reaction. It doesn’t take an expert to know that sex abuse esp. homosexual rape in youth can mess up the mind. There are people who take part in gay activities in adulthood due to reaction from homosexual rapes in youth. I’ve heard some gays & lesbians say that they think sex abuse in youth is a reason why they take part in gay/lesbian activities & it’s hard to know how sex abuse impacted mind. 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. Any conduct can be learned and this includes sexual conduct.You can rerun again & again that homosexuality isn’t a disease, but again, I say go ahead & cure it. 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.

    Behavior including sexual behavior can be learned. Sex abuse especially homosexual rape in youth is major cause of homosexuality/transexuality-deny it is dishonest, delusional or both. It remains to be seen how many of Gerald Arthur (Jerry) Sandusky’s victims think they’re gay because of this. See this column by Peter J. LaBarbera (Americans for Truth About Homosexuality) on Gerald Arthur (Jerry) Sandusky below:

    CHICAGO—The discovery that former Penn State University defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has been molesting boys as young as 10 years old – has shocked America. Peter J. LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), said the scandal exposes the continuing problem of homosexual predators in society. He offers the following observations related to the PSU scandal:

    Many openly homosexual (“gay”) men, like CNN anchor Don Lemon, were molested as boys or experienced abnormally early sexualization. Yet many of these same men do NOT see their boyhood victimization at the hands of homosexual male predators as causing their homosexuality. (This is due partly to the success of the modern “gay” movement that falsely ascribes “gayness” to a person’s (innate) identity, and emphasizes the ambiguous notion of “sexual orientation” as opposed to behavior that is sinful, destructive and changeable.) Thus, how many boy victims of homosexual predator Sandusky will end up believing that being homosexual (“gay”) is “who they are”? How many will struggle with sexual identity issues? And how many will be told by LGBT advocates and liberal-minded people just to “accept being gay” as “who they are” because they were “born that way”?

    Because the media and academia have largely become apologists for the modern homosexualist movement, they downplay or ignore obvious causative factors in the formation of “gay” identity – including pederastic molestation. CNN’s Lemon is a case in point: he is now an “out gay” celebrity, yet few question the absurdity of him not associating the molestation of his youth with his later embrace of homosexuality as a positive identity. There IS a long history connecting homosexuality to pederasty, and a disproportionate link between homosexuality and pedophilia: why else would so many child molestation victims be boys when only 1-3 percent of the population is homosexual? Since cases of women molesting boys remain rare, if homosexuality were not such a strong factor, nearly all of pedophile victims should be girls, which is far from the case. Sandusky is married but obviously has a homosexuality (perversion) problem. Yet pro-“gay” liberals will deny any linkage between homosexuality and Sandusky’s rape/seduction of boys. In fact, after news of the Penn State scandal came to light, “gay” activists stressed that Sandusky is married and that most pedophile cases involve “straight, married men.” However, behavior is what matters – not a person’s marital status or self-described “sexual orientation.” Sandusky was married but was he really “straight” (sexually or morally)? Some inner demons or life traumas – probably in his own youth – caused him to lust for boys, wrecking untold misery in the lives of his victims. Behavior is the issue, and this was a case of a serial homosexual predator raping boys.

  17. Anirban AKA Abner Bhattacharya says

    Anyhow you’re not saying anything I haven’t considered. Again, it’s sexual conduct or behavior which defines if 1 is straight or homosexual. All homosexual pedofiles are homosexuals. All transexuals are homosexual/lesbian as the act of mutilating to become false opposite sex is itself an act of homosexuality/lesbianism-sad maiming and make this illegal.

    Finally, sex change maimings which is mutilating some1 to make them fake members of opposite sex is comparable to trying to make a man a fake animal because he thinks he is an animal trapped in a human body. Most feminists are not speaking against this. 1 would hope that feminists would oppose the mutilation that happened to Chastity Sun Bono as feminists have spoken against Female Genital Mutilation which happens in some nations. Transexuals are mutilations which no Dr. should take part in, yet most feminists are not condemning this female genital and breast mutilation as what happened to Chastity S. Bono where her healthy breasts were mutilated, dangerous hormone shots and her genitals mutilated.Mutilating people to make them fake opposite sex members is a sad science waste-comparable to trying to make a man a fake animal because he thinks he is an animal trapped in a human body. Sex change mutilations must be abolished but they sadly happen because science knows how to do it.

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