Gay pressure groups have accused an “ex-gay” organisation of “inviting child abuse” after claiming children with gender identity issues should be exposed to bullying.

A coalition of organisations monitoring groups claiming to convert gay people back to heterosexuality, have criticised the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH) after a member advocated teasing transgender children to “re-establish that necessary boundary.”

NARTH Scientific Advisory Committee member Joseph Berger said on a blog in reaction to a San Francisco Chronicle article on gender identity issues, “I suggest, indeed, letting children who wish go to school in clothes of the opposite sex – but not counselling other children to not tease them or hurt their feelings.

“On the contrary, don’t interfere, and let the other children ridicule the child who has lost that clear boundary between play-acting at home and the reality needs of the outside world.

“Maybe, in this way, the child will re-establish that necessary boundary.”

Let’s jump ahead to my favorite part:

Daniel Gonzales of Ex-Gay Watch, a similar campaign group, was shocked at the statement, he told “Regardless if a child’s gender dysphoria persists into adulthood, allowing any child with a psychological condition to be harassed because of that condition is shameful.”

“I’m most shocked and dismayed this position is being advocated from within a professional mental health association.”

The article also features quotes from friends of XGW Autumn Sandeen, Wayne Besen, and Jack Drescher.

Update: This evening Nicolosi appears to have renounced Berger’s statement in a note sent to fellow therapist Warren Throckmorton viewable at Throckmorton’s blog:

Narth disagrees with Dr. Berger’s advice as we believe shaming, as distinct from correcting can only create greater harm. Too many of our clients experienced the often life long, harmful effects of peer shaming. We cannot encourage this.

Update 9/1/06: NARTH has quietly revised the Berger article on their website.

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