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Demand that CBS Apologize for Defaming Former Homosexuals, Persons with Unwanted Same-Sex Attractions, Their Families and Counselors, and the Judeo-Christian Community

When I was a young man, I lived a gay life. But my dream was to marry a woman and have a family, so I sought to change my homosexual attractions. Today, I’m living my dream! I am married to a beautiful woman, and together we have three wonderful children. As a psychotherapist, I am passionate about helping other persons who struggle with their homosexual feelings…some want to change, while others just want to be heard, understood, and loved.

I believe in equality and respect for all views of sexuality, and that’s why I defend everyone’s right to live their lives according to their own values. Although the gay life wasn’t for me, I sincerely love the entire Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. But what the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) aired on February 20, 2013 was outrageous and reprehensible! It deeply offended me and my family, my clients and their families, and the counselors that help them.

The episode of “Criminal Minds” on CBS followed a team of FBI investigators tracking a serial killer who is murdering women and gay men in a series of sex crimes. Titled: “Broken,” it quickly became defamatory when investigators discover that the killer attended a “conversion therapy camp” as a teenager to overcome same-sex attractions (SSA).

What is even more disturbing is how CBS portrays the motives of the killer. Apparently due to his religious upbringing, the Bible’s scriptures on homosexuality are the key force behind the violence. The FBI traces the time of the killings, 6:22pm, to a passage in the Old Testament/Torah book, Leviticus (18:22) that quotes: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

“He converted 18:22 to 6:22pm, like military time . . . it wouldn’t be the first time someone took the good book and twisted it for their own agenda,” says the FBI agent.

The scene then changes to a flashback where the teenage serial killer is confessing his attraction of another schoolboy to his father, who is outraged and doesn’t accept his son’s homosexual feelings.

Investigators then comment: “This man can’t accept his same-sex desires, but he can’t fight them either. He’s most likely been repressing all sexual urges for quite some time . . . but he’s trapped in a scenario with an impossible outcome. He can’t force himself to like women, so when he’s unable to get aroused he becomes depressed again and lashes out in anger to the people he blames for his impotence. The circular logic dictating his never-ending cycle was not formed overnight, it most likely came about from years of serious abuse, either emotional, physical, or both.”

The scene then flashes back to the father, trying to force his son to have sex with a prostitute in order to make him a “real man,” presumably to rid the boy of homosexual feelings.

The investigators then instruct the other FBI agents searching for the killer: “The most popular motive for trying to overcome same-sex attraction is the need to be accepted by the parent or loved one who has rejected the individual because of their homosexuality. So focus on men who grew up in a broken home, who suffered under the guardianship of a domineering parent as well as those who fell victim to bigotry or bullying.”

As the plot unfolds, it appears that the conversion camp makes the killer believe that acting on his SSA is wrong, which causes him to repress his sexual urges, and ultimately, resort to violently attacking people due to these conflicts around his homosexual feelings.

During the episode, CBS portrays therapists and ministries that seek to help persons with unwanted SSA out to be child abusing religious cults, capitalizing on the fears of homophobic parents who have gay children.

The episode claims that these camps border on “torture” in the methods used to convert gays to straight. When the FBI questions the ethics of the camp’s leader, his only comment is, “I have parental consent.”

The show’s premise that clients seek to change their homosexual feelings because of internalized homophobia, and that parents who support their children’s right to seek counseling are really abusive bigots, is simply outrageous.

Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) are portrayed as a simplistic set of outdated and barbaric methods, making professional therapists look like brainwashing, unenlightened extremists who are taking part in illegal activities for financial profit without any concern for the welfare of children.

It just so happens that the episode aired at a critical time when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is in the process of ruling on the legality of SOCE therapy for minors in the state of California. At a time when activists are pushing legislation through other state legislatures in the effort to ban SOCE, CBS is guilty of putting politics about the well being of children.

CBS Petition

February 27, 2013

Dear CBS “Criminal Minds” Producers,

Your February 20, 2013 episode titled: “Broken” has gone too far! In the episode, you portrayed persons with unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA) as repressed, violent killers. You portrayed their parents as abusive, homophobic bigots. You portrayed their counselors as ideological extremists who resort to torture in order to turn them from gay to straight. Simply put, your actions are outrageous, irresponsible, and offensive!

Let us take this opportunity to tell you the truth about Sexual Orientation Change Effort (SOCE) therapy:

Persons with unwanted SSA differ from gays and lesbians. While they experience homosexual feelings, they do not believe that homosexuality is innate and immutable. Therefore, they seek professional counseling to help resolve the issues that have caused their SSA.

SOCE has been shown to be helpful and effective for many clients! One hundred years of research in scientific, peer-reviewed journals shows that SSA persons experience change, across a continuum, in their unwanted same-sex feelings and desires.

There is no evidence to suggest that parents of teenagers who undergo SOCE are abusive, homophobic, religious extremists, as your show portrays. Parents who seek SOCE for their children are loving, compassionate, and responsible members of society that are deeply concerned about their child’s conflicts around sexuality.

Counselors who offer SOCE to their clients are highly trained professionals from accredited universities that have dedicated their lives to helping those struggling with sexual identity issues. They are not motivated by religious extremism, as your show portrays.

Counselors who offer SOCE do not use electroshock therapy or torture clients, as your show claims. Such methods were used in the 1950s to treat a variety of emotional and mental disorders, and are not therapeutic practices of licensed mental health practitioners who offer SOCE.

Persons who adhere to Judeo-Christian values do not condone the use of violence towards members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community. While any discrimination is tragic, to suggest that sacred documents for Jews and Christians are at the heart of violence towards LGBT persons, is extremely offensive. Such acts of violence contradict the teachings that Jews and Christians adhere to from their religious texts.

So offensive was your portrayal of former homosexuals, persons with unwanted same-sex attractions, their families, their counselors, and the Judeo-Christian community, that we demand that you publicly apologize immediately or face a boycott from your network.


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