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ABOMINATION: Homosexuality and the Ex-Gay Movement

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Abomination is a documentary focusing on sexual orientation conversion therapies, sometimes called "reparative therapy." Conversion therapies have been criticized by mainstream mental health professionals for the harm they cause and for their practitioners' overstated claims of success. Nevertheless, these "treatments" are increasingly being promoted by conservative faith communities across the US. Abomination is a sobering counterpoint to the false hopes being marketed by the ex-gay movement.

Abomination: Homosexuality and the Ex-Gay Movement profiles the journeys of four gay Christians who did everything possible to become heterosexual including the treatment protocols of the so-called ex-gay ministries. At times heartbreaking, at other times hilarious, the approaches taken by the Church range from shock therapy and hypnosis to gender coaching and sham marriages. Ultimately the therapy fails, even for the ministers in charge as they repeatedly scandalize themselves by "relapsing into gayness."

Abomination features a number of national mental health experts who have studied and written about the ex-gay movement's treatment failures, including prominent psychiatrist, Robert Spitzer, MD, who cuts through the media sensationalism and explains what his controversial research on reparative therapy actually means. Despite the pain chronicled in this groundbreaking film, Abomination is a poignant testament to human resilience and to the sometimes difficult journey to self-acceptance.

Abomination: Homosexuality and the Ex-Gay Movement.

A documentary by the Association of Gay & Lesbian Psychiatrists (31 min.) (c) 2006. All rights reserved.

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Customflix
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PJZYF2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,221 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Jonathan C. Anthony on September 29, 2007
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I like this DVD because it gives an expert position on homosexuality by physicians, and provides evidence to back up their claims that reparitive "ex-gay" therapies, are largely unsuccessful. It's also short, around 30 minutes, and offers case studies and experiences of those who have gone through conversion therapies. I would recommend it to any physician or psychologist or therapist working with homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgendered people, as well as for organizations such as PFLAG to show that people are normal for being gay, and do not need to be "cured."
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The stories shared are obviously heartfelt and honest. There is no feeling of anger or propaganda. The experts are credentialed and well known. I have been through reparative therapy and know first hand the damage it does. I am now a licensed psychologist and speak out about the dangers of this form of homophobia marketed as "treatment". The 31min format is excellent for use in a church, bible study, non-profit, etc.
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I've watched quite a bit of material on the ex-gay movement and also being Christian and gay. Even though the content has been good the production standards have let the message down. Abomination did not let me down at all. Excellent work and perfect mix of personal stories plus leading experts in their fields. Thanks for this important contribution in de-constructing the ex-gay myth and putting faces to many of the authors I've read.

Anthony Venn-Brown
Co-founder of Freedom2b.org
Founder and Director of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International
Author of 'A Life of Unlearning - A Journey to Find the Truth'
Twice voted one of the 25 Most Influential Gay & Lesbian Australians
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