Gay-to-straight therapy to be topic

Dec 9 2012 - 10:09pm

OGDEN -- OUTreach Resource Center, a center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and allied youths will have a community forum to discuss gay-to-straight conversion, also known as reparative therapy techniques and effects.

The forum will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Ogden Main Library, 2464 Jefferson Ave.

The public is invited to discuss the issue and ask questions of an expert panel moderated by Kendall Wilcox, Emmy award-winner and creator of the documentary "Far Between."

Panelists include: Dr. William Bradshaw, Brigham Young University Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Biology, and a retired Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission president; Russ Gorringe, a conversion therapy survivor; Dr. Eric Amsel, chairman, Psychology Department, Weber State University; and Allison Black, president of Ogden Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

The forum was prompted by the action of a University of Utah student who recently joined a national lawsuit challenging so-called "conversion therapy," therapy to convert gay people to being non-gay.

This is the latest in a series of "A Community Stands Up" forums sponsored by OUTreach Resource Center to promote community discussion and foster greater understanding and compassion for all people, particularly those at risk for suicide, bullying and homelessness.

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