Truth Wins Out reporter John M. Becker just came home from eight days of Marcus Bachmann’s ex-gay therapy clinic. A changed man? Not so much…
Becker, in an effort to expose Bachmann and Associates, left his home in Vermont and flew to the Twin Cities with a covert operation to get ex-gayified at the now-famous reparative therapy clinic of Marcus Bachmann. Before Becker’s first consultation with his new therapist, “Dr.” Wiertzema, he had to do some serious Meisner prep to ready himself for the part:
- Remove credit card with the HRC logo from wallet
- Delete photo of husband from phone’s background
- Remove wedding ring
- Take a hard look in the mirror and harken back to 16-year-old self-hating days
- Hide a camera in man bag (The footage of which has not yet surfaced)
The story of Becker’s 8-day ex-gay therapy at Bachmann and Associates is fascinating. Through Becker’s report it sounds mostly like eight days of verbal and emotional therapy and none of that terrifying shock treatment or physically abusive stuff we’ve seen before. The therapy involved finding a “cause” of his homosexuality, focusing on the beauty of women, and affirming his masculinity.
He writes, “I pretended to have just told my brother that I was seeking counseling to help me deal with homosexuality. My brother’s (fictitious) response was that I should just come out, because a person can be happy and gay and still go to heaven. My therapist said that my brother ‘didn’t choose his words wisely.'”
Becker is apt to note that during his time served he was “never told that every professional medical and mental health association rejects “ex-gay” therapy… or that the treatment I was seeking was totally unsupported by research. I was never informed about possible alternative treatment options such as gay-affirmative therapy. Nobody ever told me about the potential for harmful side effects like depression and suicidal thoughts.”
He therefore reports that their practice is unethical which is “particularly disconcerting given the fact that Marcus Bachmann’s clinic has received significant funding from the State of Minnesota and federal funding.”
Becker has some cahoonas.We are anxious to hear if there will be any response from Bachmann and Associates or what Truth Wins Out plans to do with the video footage and allegations of unethical practice. What a fun story. Truth Wins Out gets a major high-five from Queerty for this one. Keep it coming, gents!