Thursday, January 24, 2019
Conversion Therapist Comes Out & Apologizes
David Matheson, a gay conversion therapist, has come out as gay according to The Independent (24 Jan 2019). The story was also covered by Sky News and other sources.
Matheson is identfied as a Mormon. He has created coursework to help people change their sexuality. In the coming out story, we learn he left his marriage of 34 years and has begun dating men.
Matheson has not given up his Mormon faith but he did criticize the way he was raised.
According to The Independent, 15 U.S. states have banned mental health professionals from practicing conversion therapy on minors.
His apology was directed to those who identify as LGBTQ: "I unequivocally apologize," he said.
Matheson provided a lengthy post on Facebook dated 21 January. In the post, he provides more details about his marriage and experience in dealing with this life-change.
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