Woman Hired To Be In NARTH's Ex-Gay Therapy Video Doesn't Actually Support Ex-Gay Therapy
Last week, we reported that the junk science, ex-gay National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) was undergoing a rebranding of sorts and would launch a new organization called the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity (ATCSI).
Included in the new organization's roll-out was an odd, fake news video announcing the change that, while not featuring any 'ex-gays,' it did included a rather busty "reporter" claiming that ATCSI would better "meet the needs of a new generation."
That "reporter," Jean Hudson, however, is a YouTube freelancer who is now condemning the ex-gay organization, saying she was shocked to learn about the group's harmful practices.
Hudson was not familiar with NARTH’s background, and the brief script she was asked to read only announced the new organization and did not actually refer to the ex-gay therapy the group promotes. After learning of the group’s mission, she described it as “disturbing,” adding, “I can definitely say that if I had known, I wouldn’t have agreed to the video request.”
Hudson is a video freelancer who contracts with individuals to produce news clips for a variety of purposes, including news announcements, commercial promotions, and special occasions (birthdays, weddings, etc.). She told ThinkProgress that her video services were paid by a “dpruden,” which likely refers to David Clarke Pruden, who is vice president of operations for NARTH and was the president of Evergreen, a Mormon ex-gay ministry, until it closed earlier this year.
“The news of my video services used to promote a website that is reportedly anti-LGBT is very troubling,” Hudson told ThinkProgress. “First, I apologize to my friends, family, clients, and neighbors who are LGBT supporters. I have not and will not betray or have ever deceived you. You know me better.”
The video has since been removed from YouTube and NARTH's website.