‘BYU Cancels LGBT Conversion Therapy Event’

An gay conversion therapy event at BYU-Idaho was canceled after negative publicity. Attempts to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity are opposed by virtually every leading medical association. Photo courtesy George Frey/Landov

Pushback meant pushed-out.

Brigham Young University-Idaho decided to cancel a gay conversion therapy event after ‘negative publicity.’

Wrote The Daily Beast’s Samantha Allen:

You’d be hard pressed to find a venture drenched in more snake oil than conversion therapy. Attempts to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity are opposed by virtually every leading medical association and are illegal in four states.

So why was a congregation at a Mormon-owned university planning an event promising that “people can and do overcome same-gender attraction” and encouraging attendees to “bring [their] friends” along?

On Sunday night, a flyer surfaced on Reddit for an event planned for November 22nd at Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-I), which is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). The original poster noted that his friend had received the flyer in a sacrament meeting program, a leaflet distributed to Mormon congregants before weekly worship services.
“Confused about the confusion about same-gender attraction?” the header said. Same-gender attraction is a popular Mormon euphemism for homosexuality.

“People can and do overcome same-gender attraction and enjoy rich, full lives with marriage partners of the opposite-sex without regrets,” the flyer went on to promise.

The advertised event was supposed to be “an evening of discussion with a professional counselor who has helped many overcome same-gender attraction.”

Michael D. Williams, the Rexburg, Idaho-based counselor in question, told The Daily Beast “that I do not act on behalf of the [LDS Church], but as a member of the congregation who has taken a good look at much of the research regarding same-sex attraction [SSA], and who has assisted a number of young adults—male and female—to overcome unwanted SSA both here and in California.”

Williams did not immediately respond to further questions about the event, nor did he provide evidence of the supposed efficacy of his treatments. But a few hours later, he e-mailed to say, “Due to negative publicity the presentation has been called off.”

Read the rest of the story here.


Published by: Rhett Wilkinson

Rhett is an evil journalist. At nine years old, Rhett wrote about Han Solo and Princess Leia getting married and having kids and a child named Ben. And also, Luke building a new Jedi Order and a New Republic being established. That all happened in the books or films, so he's still waiting for Lucasfilm to pay up!

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