“Ex-gay” charlatan Christopher Doyle has publicly made a fool of himself yet again. In light of allegations that Democratic Party donor and Human Rights Campaign co-founder Terrance Bean sexually abused a fifteen year-old boy, Doyle has called for the HRC to fund “conversion” therapy for Bean and for his victim:
“It is outrageous and tragic that the Founder of the largest gay activist organization in the world is molesting boys, while at the same time their leadership is pushing for laws across the United States to keep those same boys out of the counseling office to heal trauma at the hands of homosexual pedophiles,” commented Christopher Doyle, Co-Founder and President of VoV. “In light of these serious allegations, we are calling on HRC to donate a considerable amount of funding in their 2015 budget to fund Reparative Therapy (or whatever preferred SOCE therapy of their choosing) for their pedophile Founder, and his victim. VoV will work with HRC to locate appropriate, highly qualified licensed counselors that are trained in advanced therapeutic techniques to heal trauma for the victim.”
If allegations against Bean are proven to be true, he will be prosecuted. However, the roundly discredited, professionally scorned practice of “ex-gay” or “reparative” therapy has no place in this conversation. Moreover, Doyle is perhaps the least qualified person to pontificate on therapy for sex abuse victims, as he admitted that when he was younger, he tried to molest the “little girls” who went to his mother’s daycare. In a story previously posted on PFOX’s website, Doyle wrote, “I tried to have sex with the little girls that my mother watched in her daycare, and eventually, one of the girls told her parents what I was doing. The shame that was placed on me by my parents was more than I could bear. Rather than rescue me, teach me, and put me in counseling, the ‘bad boy’ was left alone to deal with all of this shame.”
“Whereas allegations against Terrance Bean have yet to be proven, Christopher Doyle has admitted that he tried to molest young girls,” said Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen. “Perhaps rather than focusing on the Bean trial, Christopher should pay for real therapy for the girls, now women, who went to his mother’s daycare.”
Doyle has consistently refused to answer as to how young the girls were when he tried to molest them.
“Ex-gay” therapy is roundly rejected by all major medical and mental health associations, which state that the practice is ineffective at best, and can cause great harm to patients. Many who were among the most prominent spokespeople and apologists for the “ex-gay” movement have recanted their views and expressed deep sorrow for the pain their work caused over the years. Alan Chambers, who ran the now defunct Exodus International, admitted that 99.9% of those he encountered in the movement never changed their sexual orientation. John Paulk, who was once the poster boy for the movement, appearing on the cover of Newsweek in 1998 with his then wife, now is living as an openly gay man, and is doing the hard work of apologizing to those who were hurt by his work. Most recently, Yvette Cantu Schneider, who was once held prominent roles on the religious right advocating for reparative therapy, recanted her past work and now speaks out as an advocate for LGBT equality. Indeed, the only public “ex-gays” left seem to be those who are currently making money promulgating the “ex-gay” lifestyle.
Doyle should use some of that money to tend to his own victims.