Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 232–234 | Cite as

Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth

  • Mark A. YarhouseEmail author
Book Review

Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth.By Wayne R. Besen. Harrington Park Press, New York, 2003, 311 pp., $39.95 (hardcover), $19.95 (softcover).

There is tremendous need to shed more light than heat on the reorientation debates facing the mental health field. What is needed is an unbiased examination of the political, sociocultural, and empirical perspectives on reorientation therapy and religion-based ministries so that we could all have a better sense of what people can expect from involvement in such programs. It would be helpful to be able to turn to a scientifically informed book on the history of such therapies, a book that cuts through the ideological gridlock in the contemporary debates about reorientation therapy and the rise of religion-based ministries, and moves toward a reasoned analysis of sexual identity and religious faith. Besen's book, while emotionally charged and full of personal insights and compelling anecdotes, falls short...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychology and Counseling, CRB 161Regent UniversityVirginia BeachUSA

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