When You Say “Drug Rehab,” We Say “Ex-Gay Therapy”

From Lezgetreal: http://lezgetreal.com/2011/05/when-you-say-drug-rehab-we-say-ex-gay-therapy/

by Cynthia S. Wright
05/28/2011

Leave it to the ole state of Georgia to use drug addiction as the perfect time to take someone to “ex-gay therapy.” Nice to see that our tax dollars are being used for the proper, effective channels of restoring someone’s perceived sexual malfunction, instead of treating a horrible illness, such as drug addiction.

A lesbian in Bartow County is suing the local Sheriff’s department, due to being taken to an “ex-gay therapy” center located in an evangelical’s couple’s home, instead of being taken to drug rehabilitation – which she was originally led to believe.

Sometime in April 2010, Amanda Booker’s family called the Bartow Sheriff’s department to arrest Booker for her drug addiction. Instead of taking Booker to the local psychiatric hospital, the deputies ignored the judges’ ruling and took her to another place, when they started harassing Booker about her sexuality after she began convulsing in the police car. Booker was later taken to the “evangelist” home of Chris and Donna McDowell, where they were given $600 in county funds to convert Booker back to a heterosexual (her drug addiction was not an issue, apparently).

In the lawsuit, Amanda Booker lists off Bartow County, but Commissioner Clarence Brown, Sheriff Clark Milsap and department employees, Mary Mayton, Nathan Gibbs, Pam Ploof and Amanda Pedifer and three other defendants.

The GA Voice reported that the lawsuit alleges that “At all times relevant to action, it was normal procedure, practice and custom of defendants Bartow County, Brown, and Milsap to punish homosexuals and persons holding different religious beliefs.”

Continue reading at:  http://lezgetreal.com/2011/05/when-you-say-drug-rehab-we-say-ex-gay-therapy/

One Response to “When You Say “Drug Rehab,” We Say “Ex-Gay Therapy””

  1. Andrea B. Says:

    Ever notice how people like this don’t end up in the DSM?

    Trying to cure homosexuality which is inate instead of helping someone get of drugs is wrong on so many levels.


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