Video Touting Homophobic Gay-to-Straight Therapy Shown in, Then Dropped From, Prince George’s County Classrooms
If you're attracted to members of your own sex, you can get therapy to change that. It's an idea mainstream medical organizations have described as dangerous—and, it turns out, it's also a message that's been taught to some middle schoolers in Prince George's County since last year. Starting last fall, some seventh grade health classes in the Prince George's County Public Schools system were shown an anti-bullying video that promoted gay-to-straight therapy as an option for LGBTQ youth. When City Desk started asking question about the video this week, the school system pulled it from classrooms. Despite the best efforts of a prominent therapist in the homophobic ex-gay movement who is also a member of the school system's Health Council, students learning about bullying will no longer learn about the widely discredited form of counseling.