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‘Ex-gay’ therapy community forum planned

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A community forum including professors from Brigham Young University and Weber State University will discuss so-called “reparative therapy,” Dec. 11, 7 p.m., Ogden Main Library. The panel includes BYU professor William Bradshaw, WSU professor Eric Amsel and Allison Black, the chair of Ogden Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

A community forum including professors from Brigham Young University and Weber State University will discuss so-called “reparative therapy,” Dec. 11, 7 p.m., Ogden Main Library. The panel includes BYU professor William Bradshaw, WSU professor Eric Amsel and Allison Black, the chair of Ogden Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

The forum is in response to a New Jersey lawsuit challenging the controversial practice by a group called Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality. A Utah student is one of the plaintiffs in the suit.

The community forum 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 persons, particularly those at risk for suicide, bullying and homelessness, said Rev. Marian Edmonds, executive director of OUTreach Resource Center, Ogden.

“Our forum will provide information about reparative, or conversion therapy, as well as an opportunity for the general public to engage experts and persons affected with their questions and comments,” Edmonds said.

Bradshaw, a retired BYU professor of microbiology, has given several public addresses about the science of homosexuality, detailing published evidence that argues strongly for a biological origin. He is also the chairman, with his wife, Marge Bradshaw, of Family Fellowship, a support group for the LDS families with gay and lesbian children.

Amsel is a professor and the chair of WSU’s Department of Psychology.

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