Meet David Pruden M.A the new Director of NARTH (The National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality) a self described “non-profit, educational organization dedicated to affirming a complementary, male-female model of gender and sexuality
NARTH explains in their mission statement “clients have the right to claim a gay identity, or to diminish their homosexuality and to develop their heterosexual potential.” They claim to attain this through years of reparative therapy, (also used interchangeably with the terms conversion therapy and sexual brokenness) a practice the American Psychiatric Association says can “lead to depression, anxiety and self destructive behavior, may reinforce self hatred and suicide.”
David Pruden, is the former executive director of Salt Lake City-based Evergreen International.
A former member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, describes his experience of Mormon conversion therapy at Evergreen International under Prudens leadership and calls it a “sucide mill”
Of the 15 men that were with me [in the Evergreen program] in the Denver area, one third of those men committed suicide. … The success statistics in Evergreen are based on how many people are still going to the meetings. They don’t care if you’re feeling better. Success is if you’re still going to church, you’re paying your tithing … you haven’t divorced your wife.
In 2010, George Rekers, a psychologist and scientific adviser to NARTH, was photographed at Miami International Airport with a 20-year-old male prostitute who had accompanied him on a 10-day European vacation. Rekers insisted he had hired the man, who advertised his services on Rentboy.com, merely to carry his luggage. The man disagreed. He told reporters he had given Rekers daily nude massages that included genital contact.
Conmen, grifters, and murderers the lot of them.