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Mormon "Ex-Gay" Site Launches

On the same day that Marie Osmond endorsed marriage equality, we learn of a newly-launched "web resource for Mormons struggling with same-sex attractions." Via press release:
Building on the breakthrough Web site launched by the LDS Church in December 2012, a Salt Lake City-based therapy clinic has launched a new Web-based resource to address these kinds of concerns for LDS leaders, family and friends of those with same-sex attraction. The new Web site is sponsored by the Center for Gender Wholeness (CGW), a clinic whose therapists work worldwide with those who have unwanted same-sex attraction. Their past clients include hundreds of men who have reported substantial shifts, not only in sexual behavior, but also in sexual attractions. They report their success seems to come from resolving underlying issues that led to the homosexual attractions.
The "treatment" includes drug therapy.
In this phase, we work with clients to generate internal and, if needed, external support for their therapeutic process. In the simplest cases this might mean marshaling internal resources before digging into the deep work. In other cases this could include gaining the support of loved ones, becoming involved in a twelve-step group, joining an addiction recovery program, or beginning medication. It always includes developing a strong and trusting relationship with the therapist.

This phase also includes working on priority therapeutic issues, which are conditions or situations that pose a threat to client wellbeing, cause extreme distress, or disable the progression of therapy. Suicidal thoughts, distress caused by trauma, dangerous addictive behavior, and intense negative ruminations are examples of such conditions.
RELATED: Linked on the site are several notorious "experiential weekend" excursions such as the infamous Journey Into Manhood, which has been reported upon here on JMG many times. You may recall straight reporter Ted Cox went undercover at a recent Journey Into Manhood. An excerpt from his creepy experience:
In that room, about fifty men — some thirty “Journeyers” and fifteen staff members — sat on the carpeted floor of a ranch lodge two hours outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Most of the men, except for a few of the staff members, struggled to overcome their attraction to other men. Sometime during all that holding and touching and singing, while I was cradled in the Motorcycle position, I felt it: the unmistakable bulge pressing through his tight jeans. It was the first time in my life I had a felt another man’s erection.

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