Gay cure therapy pioneer died

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One of the first people who suggested that homosexuality could be cured has passed away aged 70. Dr. Joseph Nicolosi was co-founder of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). He was one of the main proponents of ‘converting’ gays and one of the top figures of the ‘ex-gay’ movement. HIs death had been confirmed by by the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic, California, where he worked as clinical director. The clinic’s official Facebook page published a statement saying they are stunned and shocked with the doctor’s death. He ran the clinic, the largest of its kind in the world, for more than three decades, writing four books on how to ‘cure’ homosexuality. He claimed to run “the only secular group in the U.S. which protects the rights of therapists to counsel clients with unwanted homosexuality”, according to his website, which has more than 100,000 visitors every month. In a documentary for Vice, Dr. Nicolosi explained how he believed he could ‘cure’ people of their same-sex attraction, claiming: “Everyone is homosexual. The idea that some people are naturally homosexual, or naturally gay, is a social construct.”

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