July 13, 2016 1:00 am -

Republicans are putting the discredited idea of gay conversion therapy in their platform.

Conversion therapy is based on the debunked theory that you can “pray away the gay.” (Hint: You can’t.)

The Republicans’ embrace of a “gay cure” in the party platform comes on the heels of language inserted this morning that in effect bans transgender people from using public bathrooms.


The GOP is fighting quite the anachronistic battle in embracing the notion that you can cure someone’s homosexuality. Not only has the practice been debunked and denounced by all the credible medical groups, but it’s even been rebuked by many of the very groups that used to practice the “cure.” In 2011, the world’s top “ex-gay” confessed that he was still gay. And in 2013, the lead international “ex-gay” group, Exodus International, closed its doors and issued a public apology to the gay community.

So it’s a little odd that the GOP is today, in 2016, embracing an issue that’s already, for all intents and purposes, over.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.