Monday, June 12, 2006

Lance Carroll's Expensive Recovery from Exgay Therapy.

After being forced to endure an exgay therapy program called "Love In Action," 18 year old Lance Carroll describes the nightmare of shame and humiliation that he endured at that program which cost his parents $10,000.

"Basically, their form of therapy is conditioning. It's a negative reinforcement of shame. Anything that you connect to homosexuality, you connect to shame within yourself. You internalize this hatred toward yourself, this homophobia, this embarrassment...two months, every day, morning and evening, they would take turns. A person would get up and you would literally shame them for their feelings...

"I didn't fit their stereotype. I wasn't abused as a child. I had a good relationship with my father. I didn't fit what they thought and they didn't know what to do."

He said that his parents took more away from "Love In Action" than he did. They went home thinking that there was something wrong with him, that needed to be fixed. So his mom began daily rounds of verbal abuse and shaming to try to fix him according to what she thought Love In Action wanted her to do.

You can hear Lance's entire testimony here.

(Photo courtesy of Truth Wins Out.)

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