"I offered several (unconvincing) reasons why it was reasonable to assume that the subject’s reports of change were credible and not self-deception or outright lying. But the simple fact is that there was no way to determine if the subject’s accounts of change were valid.

I believe I owe the gay community an apology for my study making unproven claims of the efficacy of reparative therapy. I also apologize to any gay person who wasted time and energy undergoing some form of reparative therapy because they believed that I had proven that reparative therapy works with some “highly motivated” individuals."

Psychiatrist Dr. Robert Spitzer, apologizing for his 2001 study implying that “reparative therapy” could change gay people to straight.

He renounced the study’s findings last year. Here’s more from The American Prospect. Full text of the letter at Truthwinsout.org.

(via jtotheizzoe)

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