Top LGBT Organizations Slam Dr. Oz ‘E...

Top LGBT Organizations Slam Dr. Oz ‘Ex-Gay’ Episode

There are 12 comments on the www.southfloridagaynews.com story from Nov 29, 2012, titled Top LGBT Organizations Slam Dr. Oz ‘Ex-Gay’ Episode. In it, www.southfloridagaynews.com reports that:

Some of the most important LGBT advocacy organizations nationwide are voicing their discontent with the way Dr. Mehmet Oz presented “ex-gay” reparative therapy as possibly a valid treatment on his talk show.

During the show’s Nov. 28 episode, Dr. Oz invited Julie Hamilton, a representative of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, to weigh in in favor of the controversial method.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation was quick to criticize the show for bringing in NARTH, an organization they believe doesn’t have any credible basis to opine on the topic. “Dr. Oz himself never weighed in, and the audience was misled to believe that there are actual experts on both sides of this issue,” PFLAG said in an email, according to The Huffington Post.

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spheyonce dowles

South Africa

#1 Nov 29, 2012
I am so shocked and disappointed at Dr Oz and his team for doing such a show, now people are going to think that being a homosexual is a disease that needs to be cured, I understand that Dr Oz did not weigh in but I always trust his advice and if he brings people who are going to make us look as if we have a disease then I am not going to keep on watching his show, no GLAAD AWARD for The Dr. Oz Show

“Unconvinced”

Since: Nov 09

Seattle, WA

#2 Nov 29, 2012
It's unfortunate that he gave them a platform to air their nonsense, but he DID actually weigh in later, on his blog, saying:

"Some guests argued that they have been changed thru these treatments, but I was overwhelmed by the pain of individuals hurt by the experience. After listening to both sides of the issue and after reviewing the available medical data, I agree with the established medical consensus. I have not found enough published data supporting positive results with gay reparative therapy and I have concerns about the potentially dangerous effects when the therapy fails, especially when minors are forced into treatments.

My biggest epiphany occurred after hearing where the opposing groups found some common ground. The guests who appeared on my show on either side of this debate agreed that entering into any therapy with guilt and self-hate is a major error. Trying to change who you are instead of loving who you are leads to broken spirits and broken hearts. Encouraging self-acceptance is the only way to help alleviate the shame experienced by those who are struggling with their sexuality – and help them reach a place where who they are matches who they want to be."

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#3 Nov 29, 2012
EdmondWA wrote:
It's unfortunate that he gave them a platform to air their nonsense, but he DID actually weigh in later, on his blog, saying:
"Some guests argued that they have been changed thru these treatments, but I was overwhelmed by the pain of individuals hurt by the experience. After listening to both sides of the issue and after reviewing the available medical data, I agree with the established medical consensus. I have not found enough published data supporting positive results with gay reparative therapy and I have concerns about the potentially dangerous effects when the therapy fails, especially when minors are forced into treatments.
My biggest epiphany occurred after hearing where the opposing groups found some common ground. The guests who appeared on my show on either side of this debate agreed that entering into any therapy with guilt and self-hate is a major error. Trying to change who you are instead of loving who you are leads to broken spirits and broken hearts. Encouraging self-acceptance is the only way to help alleviate the shame experienced by those who are struggling with their sexuality – and help them reach a place where who they are matches who they want to be."
Weighing in later on his blog didn't change the impression the show generated. You can't honestly think people will see a show like that and then go online to see if there is a retraction on his blog.

He's a well known professional and should have been more pro-active ON AIR!

IMO it's basically the same thing any celebrity does after making outrageous comments about us or any other minority and then later issuing a retraction.

He had a great opportunity to educate people and he blew it.

The blog post was nothing but spin control, covering his ass; too little too late.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#4 Nov 29, 2012
If the subject had been rape he sure wouldn't have stayed silent while convicted rapists insisted they were doing nothing wrong.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#5 Nov 29, 2012
EdmondWA wrote:
It's unfortunate that he gave them a platform to air their nonsense, but he DID actually weigh in later, on his blog, saying:
"Some guests argued that they have been changed thru these treatments, but I was overwhelmed by the pain of individuals hurt by the experience. After listening to both sides of the issue and after reviewing the available medical data, I agree with the established medical consensus. I have not found enough published data supporting positive results with gay reparative therapy and I have concerns about the potentially dangerous effects when the therapy fails, especially when minors are forced into treatments.
My biggest epiphany occurred after hearing where the opposing groups found some common ground. The guests who appeared on my show on either side of this debate agreed that entering into any therapy with guilt and self-hate is a major error. Trying to change who you are instead of loving who you are leads to broken spirits and broken hearts. Encouraging self-acceptance is the only way to help alleviate the shame experienced by those who are struggling with their sexuality – and help them reach a place where who they are matches who they want to be."
Note the number of times he used the word "after".

He's a professional. I'd expect a medical professional to be better prepared. Not screwing up and then back peddling.

“Unconvinced”

Since: Nov 09

Seattle, WA

#6 Nov 29, 2012
DNF wrote:
Weighing in later on his blog didn't change the impression the show generated. You can't honestly think people will see a show like that and then go online to see if there is a retraction on his blog.
He's a well known professional and should have been more pro-active ON AIR!
IMO it's basically the same thing any celebrity does after making outrageous comments about us or any other minority and then later issuing a retraction.
He had a great opportunity to educate people and he blew it.
The blog post was nothing but spin control, covering his ass; too little too late.
I didn't (and don't) watch the show, so I can't comment on what impression it generated. As I understand it, he promotes a wide variety of homeopathic, pseudo-science "woo" anyway, so I'm not sure how much emphasis he actually puts on "education".
DNF wrote:
Note the number of times he used the word "after".
He's a professional. I'd expect a medical professional to be better prepared. Not screwing up and then back peddling.
Maybe, but it's EXACTLY what I'd expect from a talk show host, which is what he is now. It sounds like he panders to the more credulous segments of the population for ratings, much like "Dr" Phil. I suppose the best we can hope for is a follow-up episode in which he expresses a stronger opinion for everyone to hear.
Kevin

Toronto, Canada

#7 Nov 29, 2012
If they allow Oz to get away with this, it will happen again and again. The only way to stop TV shows giving bigots airtime, is to shut one of them down for doing it. Too bad Orpah is a Scientologist else she would have spoken out again Oz giving these bigots airtime too.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#15 Nov 30, 2012
EdmondWA wrote:
<quoted text>
I didn't (and don't) watch the show, so I can't comment on what impression it generated. As I understand it, he promotes a wide variety of homeopathic, pseudo-science "woo" anyway, so I'm not sure how much emphasis he actually puts on "education".
<quoted text>
Maybe, but it's EXACTLY what I'd expect from a talk show host, which is what he is now. It sounds like he panders to the more credulous segments of the population for ratings, much like "Dr" Phil. I suppose the best we can hope for is a follow-up episode in which he expresses a stronger opinion for everyone to hear.
I don't watch it much and missed this one myself, to be honest.

But Oz isn't all whooee. He just tries to tie in nutrition and more natural ways to stay healthy.

Which is why I'm shocked to read reports like this.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#16 Nov 30, 2012
Yes it is a daytime talk show.

“Unconvinced”

Since: Nov 09

Seattle, WA

#17 Nov 30, 2012
DNF wrote:
I don't watch it much and missed this one myself, to be honest.
But Oz isn't all whooee. He just tries to tie in nutrition and more natural ways to stay healthy.
Which is why I'm shocked to read reports like this.
At least, from reading his blog post, it sounds like HE learned something, which is important. It's always good when someone with intelligence, training and expertise can take a close look at this issue, and readily conclude that it's dangerous bunk. Hopefully he can become yet another respected voice in the medical community who opposes this practice.
NoQ

Bronx, NY

#18 Nov 30, 2012
You fking Fa$$ots should join the circus, you'd make good exhibits for the Freak show.

“Unconvinced”

Since: Nov 09

Seattle, WA

#19 Dec 3, 2012
NoQ wrote:
You fking Fa$$ots should join the circus, you'd make good exhibits for the Freak show.
We wouldn't want to endanger your already-shaky job security there.

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