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Coming Out Straight: Understanding and Healing Homosexuality Paperback – May 2001

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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: OakHill Press (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886939470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886939479
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,461,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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According to Richard Cohen, homosexuality is the result of many contributing factors; no-one is born this way, and anyone can choose to change. Here he presents the basic causes of same-sex attractions, a model of recovery, and the stories of individuals (including himself) who made the change. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Scordo MacKie on 27 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
Not only is this book promoting homophobia, against human rights and ignoring the WHO policy, but also scientifically impossible according to the American Psychological Association:

"In many of these behavior-change techniques, "success" has been defined as suppression of homoerotic response or mere display of physiological ability to engage in heterosexual intercourse. Neither outcome is the same as adopting the complex set of attractions and feelings that constitute sexual orientation.

Many interventions aimed at changing sexual orientation have succeeded only in reducing or eliminating homosexual behavior rather than in creating or increasing heterosexual attractions. They have, in effect, deprived individuals of their capacity for sexual response to others. These "therapies" have often exposed their victims to electric shocks or nausea-producing drugs while showing them pictures of same-sex nudes (such techniques appear to be less common today than in the past).

Another problem in many published reports of "successful" conversion therapies is that the participants' initial sexual orientation was never adequately assessed. Many bisexuals have been mislabeled as homosexuals with the consequence that the "successes" reported for the conversions actually have occurred among bisexuals who were highly motivated to adopt a heterosexual behavior pattern."

[...] Then again the people that promote this book must prefer living in the Middle Ages than in the 21st century.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jay Topping on 22 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover
To presume that homosexuality is some sort of choice that can be changed is misguided, but to claim that it is an illness that can be healed is extremely dangerous.

This book disgusts me to the core. If you are seriously considering purchasing this book, save yourself the time and heartbreak, accept your sexuality (or the sexuality of a loved one) and learn to be proud of it.

James (a concerned heterosexual)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By naomi mclellan-edwards on 12 May 2015
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Came in good quality and looking forward to reading
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41 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book really goes through the (so-called) pain of the author who, in my opinion, and reading between the lines, is still hurting but has now made a commitment to his "NEW?" life. Not a good book for any Gay person who has to fight in their lives to find their place in the world. Avoid this if your gay and don't expand the author's pocket. It's his life, not yours.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dippydocus on 30 May 2015
Format: Paperback
Such a quality book that helps to heal those who adore lavender. Am a curious to why such a smart man doesn't try using his skills to heal things such as mental illness, cancer and all those illnesses that are in fact illnesses. Loving someone with a matching set of genitals is not something that requires medical help. I think that free speech is marvellous and think that its wonderful that he is able to use this to put his point over that Gays are wrong. In the same spirit I am telling you what I think: That the only way this can "help" heal is if a gay man who is a BIG yoga fan, shoves it where the sun shineth not so it blocks access. It may end up covered in poo but its so full of s***e that it will hard to tell what came from who.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Les on 5 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback
This book is nonsense. People cant change what they are. All this conversion therapy crap does not work, its just mind games for those that cant accept it such as Cohen.
This book also mentions holding therapy which is abuse, and also done by Dr Martha Welch (also mentioned), from the 70s with parents and children which is child abuse by another name.
So much nonsense about what causes homosexuality, making it sound like theres a fix, and there is really nothing wrong with being LBGT, and its a persons human right.
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