But then Throckmorton proceeds to get the plot wrong — and then he blasts the show for not portraying positive examples of ex-gays — even though it did include some good ex-gays.
For the record, the plot was about a doctor whose career and family resemble that of Charles Socarides. (Google search.) The doctor found an ex-ex-gay man in bed with the doctor’s closeted, gay, young-adult son. The doctor then murdered the man and severely beat his son in a fit of rage and humiliation.
Parental beatings of their gay children are a reality. So is parental hostility and repression that traps same-sex-attracted children between a rock and a hard place, leading to despair. And so is the practice by some doctors of mischaracterizing and massaging scientific data to serve political goals. But judging from the reactions of Throckmorton and Exodus International, the ex-gay movement seems unwilling to talk about these problems — or see these problems presented in TV shows.
The L&O:SVU episode was a bit overwrought and moralistic, and it contained TV’s typical stock characters. Nevertheless, it demonstrated that some happy ex-gays exist — and that there are numerous family, scientific, and criminal matters that the movement is reluctant to address. Throckmorton’s diatribe may unwittingly substantiate a key point of the episode’s writers.
The tagline on Throckmorton’s weekly self-published columns states, “[Throckmorton’s] research ‘Initial Empirical and Clinical Findings Concerning the Change Process for Ex-Gays,’ was published in the June 2002 issue of the American Psychological Association’s publication Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.”
XGW participant Michael Hamar now asks about Throckmorton: “When is someone going to get the APA to go after this liar? His own June 2002 APA Journal article is NOT consistent with his columns. His APA article most certainly is not consistent with the claims made by his buddies in the ‘Christian’ Right on a daily basis.”
Hamar commented in greater detail on Throckmorton’s APA article a few weeks ago.