Gay therapy billboards stir controversy in Texas

WACO, TX (WCMH)–New billboards in Waco are sparking controversy.

An ex-gay advocacy group has put up two billboards promoting therapy to “discredit” the sexual orientation.

The billboards were put up by a group called Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX). They say “ex-gays prove change is possible.”

The group describes themselves as a support group for people who are working to overcome same-sex attractions. Members of the city’s LGBT community say the therapy can cause harm, while a reparative therapist says there’s no evidence to support those claims.

Reverend Charley Garrison with the Central Texas Metropolitan Church says he is raising money to host a pride celebration in the city in 2017.

“I was disappointed that someone would come to our community and put up something that goes against the diversity of the community,” he said.

David H. Pickup, a reparative therapist, says the therapy helps people who believe their same-sex attractions come from “stress situations.”

“There is no proof of harm,” he said. “In fact, if people will just look for themselves – they don’t have to believe me – they can go to page 82 and 83 on the American Psychological Association’s report on sexual orientation change efforts, and in their conclusions on those pages, they say there is no proof of harm of these efforts.”

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