“Ex-Gay” episode leaves Dr. Oz in hot water with LGBT organizations
Yesterday, Dr. Oz aired a show on a very controversial topic. Reparative or “ex-gay” therapy has been a subject of interest for some time, but many organizations believe it is very dangerous to try to add any merit to the practice.
One of the featured guest was Julie Hamilton, a representative of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (or NARTH) which has conflicting views on homosexuality with the American Psychiatric Association and other scientific organizations.
Dr. Oz’s attempt to debate some kind of credibility for this practice was met negatively by GLAAD, PFLAG, and GLSEN:
GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said: “The idea of therapists attempting to change a patient’s sexual orientation has been proven ineffective and dangerous, and has been soundly and conclusively rejected by the entire medical establishment.”
PGLAG: “Although the show also featured guests who condemned the idea and practice of ‘reparative therapy,’ Dr. Oz himself never weighed in, and the audience was misled to believe that there are actual experts on both sides of this issue.”
GLSEN: “The Dr. Oz Show provided a platform to a fringe organization promoting dangerous and harmful practices that every major health, mental health and education organization has consistently repudiated as harmful to youth.”