Oprah’s very own wunderkind Dr. Oz (and Rick Warren’s close friend) used his show yesterday as a platform to explore the harmful and distorted reparative “ex-gay” therapy that claims to cure people of same-sex desires.
GLAAD, GLSEN and PFLAG all joined forces to denounce Oz’s decision of a harmful show, writing in a statement:.
“Producers of the Dr. Oz Show framed their program on so-called reparative therapy in a way that provided a lengthy platform for junk science,” they said. “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.
There are not.”
Now, after the show has aired and the damage done. Dr Oz on his website writes that he “agrees with the established medical consensus.” that reparative therapy is both unproven and harmful.
“Some guests argued that they have been changed thru these treatments, but I was overwhelmed by the pain of individuals hurt by the experience. After listening to both sides of the issue and after reviewing the available medical data, I agree with the established medical consensus. I have not found enough published data supporting positive results with gay reparative therapy and I have concerns about the potentially dangerous effects when the therapy fails, especially when minors are forced into treatments.
My biggest epiphany occurred after hearing where the opposing groups found some common ground. The guests who appeared on my show on either side of this debate agreed that entering into any therapy with guilt and self-hate is a major error. Trying to change who you are instead of loving who you are leads to broken spirits and broken hearts.
Encouraging self-acceptance is the only way to help alleviate the shame experienced by those who are struggling with their sexuality – and help them reach a place where who they are matches who they want to be.
EVERY major medical and psychological association and peer-reviewed journal in the United States agrees that reparative therapy is useless and dangerous which Dr. Oz states himself in his opening he STILL presented this show.
Oz gave legitimacy to NARTH, and he gave legitimacy to ex-gay therapy. He gave legitimacy to the idea that all gay people are unhappy and damaged. After the first couple of minutes, it was clear that this show was set up with the intent to get ratings and create talking points.
Dr. Oz said he didn’t know anything about ex-gay therapy before the show. The question then must be raised—–WHY did he raise this question and create this segment on his show at all if he has no input? The reason is because he wanted to use us for ratings. I am pissed he NOT ONCE challenged the ex-gays and he never discredited them at all. It is really appalling. It is really appalling because a struggling teen will see the so-called ex-gay man up there on stage and believe that they could be him. Less-informed individuals could watch that man and think others can become straight if they are born gay.
And NOW that the show is over, the rating are in, and the damage is done Dr. Oz agrees that reparative therapy is bullshit. Too bad he could not share this with his viewers while the show was on the air, instead of leaving the impression to millions that there is something that needs changing about gay people.
If anyone confused individual, either teen or adult viewed Dr. Oz’s irresponsible,medically unprofessional show yesterday and thinks to themselves that reparative therapy might be the answer and suffers any harm as a result of it Dr. Oz should be held directly responsible.
You can watch Dr. Oz’s – From Gay to Straight? The Controversial Therapy by clicking HERE