Talking to The Media

“Conversion Therapy Is a Controversial Practice That Targets LGBTQ+ People—Here’s What to Know”
Commentary on harms of sexual orientation conversion efforts.
Health.com, September 7, 2021.

“Last Year Was Brutal for Mental Health. For LGBTQ Youth, It Was a Crisis”
Commentary regarding impact on LGBGQ youth of news stories about anti-LGBTQ political activities.
The Lily (WaPo), May 28, 2021.

“Consistent Response from Parents Is Key to Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, Small Study Finds”
Commentary on study of different parental responses to children who come out.
NBCNews.com, May 7, 2021.

“2020 Was the Deadliest Year on Record for Transgender People in The US, Insider Database Shows. Experts Say It’s Getting Worse”
Commentary on increase in homicides of transgender women of color.
Insider, April 20, 2021.

“Bills Affecting Oklahoma’s Transgender Community Fail”
Commentary on current diagnostic thinking about gender diagnoses in DSM and ICD.
CNHI News, March 19, 2021.

“Gender Identity: The Difference between Gender, Sex and Other Need-to-knows”
Commentary on linguistic change and gender affirmative language.
CNN.com, June 20, 2020.

“Reactions to the Death of AIDS Activist, Writer Larry Kramer”
Psychiatrist commenting on Larry Kramer’s contributions to fighting AIDS.
Associated Press, May 27, 2020.

“Dr. Richard Friedman, Who Debunked Homosexuality Myth, Dies at 79”
Psychoanalyst commenting in obituary on the contributions of Dr. Friedman to psychoanalysis.
New York Times, May 5, 2020, Section A, Page 25.

“COVID-19 and AIDS Crisis: NYC Gays See Parallels, Contrasts”
Commentary on parallels and contrasts between HIV and COVID-19 epidemics.
Associated Press, April 11, 2020.

“Human Rights Program hosts UN-expert consultation on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ practices”
Psychiatric expert invited to consult with the United Nations Independent Expert at Harvard Law School to discuss harms of conversion therapies
Harvard Law Today, March 13, 2020

“US Debate over Medical Treatment for Transgender Youth Heats Up”
Commentary on recent bills being introduced into US state legislatures that criminalize medical treatment of transgender minors.
Agence France-Presse (AFP), February 13, 2020.

“Conversion Therapy” (Radio Interview)
Psychiatric expert discussing harms done by conversion therapies.
Outcasting Media, public radio’s LGBTQ Youth Program, January 1, 2020.

“Por qué la ‘terapia de reorientación sexual’ es una barbaridad (además de una hipocresía) [Why ‘conversion therapy’ is barbaric (and even more so hypocritical)]”
Commentary on harms done by sexual orientation conversion efforts (SOCE).
Univision, September 29, 2019.

“Drescher: ‘L’uso delle diagnosi per stigmatizzare le persone trans è eticamente preoccupante’ (Using diagnoses is ethically troublesome)”
Interview regarding most recent diagnostic changes in DSM-5 and ICD-11.
GayNews (Italia), September 22, 2019.

“How Stonewall Cured Gay People—of Psychiatrists”
Commentary on history of psychiatric pathologizing of homosexuality.
North Jersey Record, June 28, 2019.

“Stonewalls 50th Anniversary and an Overdue Apology” (Blog Post)
Psychoanalysis unplugged, Posted June 21, 2019

“A Psychoanalysts Group Long Said Gay and Trans People Were Abnormal. Now It’s Apologizing for Those Views”
Commentary on history of psychoanalysis and theorizing about homosexuality.
CNN, June 21, 2019.

“U.S. Psychoanalysts Apologize for Labeling Homosexuality a Mental Illness”
Commentary on history of psychoanalysis and theorizing about homosexuality.
Reuters, June 21, 2019.

“StoryCorps Interview of Jack Drescher by John Pachankis”
Interview.
StoryCorps Archive, June 10, 2019

“Dr. Richard Green, 82, Dies; Challenged Psychiatry’s View of Homosexuality”
Commentary on John Green’s contributions to removing homosexuality from DSM.
New York Times, April 17, 2019 (online).

“A New Wave of Kids is Coming Out as Transgender — and Doctors are Trying to Keep Up”
Commentary on clinical approaches to gender dysphoric minors
Capital Public Radio (Sacramento), December 5, 2018.

“Being Trans is not a Mental Disorder”
Commentary on DSM-5 and ICD-11 gender diagnoses
The New York Times, December 6, 2018.

“Longest Study Yet Finds Adult Kids of Lesbian Moms Are Doing Fine”
Commentary on New England J of Medicine letter reporting current findings of US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study.
USNews.com, July 18, 2018.

“Here’s Why Psychiatric Hospitals Are So Bad at Helping Transgender Patients”
Commentary on lack of training in transgender awareness in psychiatric hospitals.
ThinkProgress, May 21, 2018.

“A Transgender Navy Sailor’s 7-Year Odyssey, and the Military Career that Could End”
Commentary on diagnosis of gender dysphoria
The Virginian-Pilot, February 16, 2018.

“Has the Weinstein Firestorm Torched Hollywood’s Gay House of Cards?”
Commentary on age of consent issues in light of recent Hollywood sexual harassment scandals.
LA Blade, October 31, 2017.

“Gay Aversion Therapy and ‘Cures’ for Homosexuality: British Psychiatrists Respond to Decades of Abuse”
Commentary on Royal College of Psychiatrists’ issuing “expression of regret” for Britain’s history of using aversion therapies.
Newsweek, October 16, 2017.

“Of Politics, Science, and Gender Identity”
Commentary on the views of the Johns Hopkins psychiatrist Paul R. McHugh on LGBTQ identities.
Undark, July 17, 2017.

“A Queer Takeover at the Southern Baptist Convention”
Discussion of efforts to get SBC to rethink their positions on condemning homosexuality
The Advocate, July 11, 2017.

“More and More States are Outlawing Gay-Conversion Therapy”
Commentary on growing US trend of banning conversion therapy for minors.
The Atlantic, July 10, 2017.

“Hershey School House Parents Showed Anti-Gay Video to a Student”
Discussion of Hershey School’s efforts to discourage a gay student’s homosexuality
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 6, 2017.

“‘It Does Get Better’: Advocates Address Suicide in LGBT Community”
Comments on psychosocial factors that may lead to suicide.
FoxNews.com, June 23, 2017.

“Faith in America Group to Advocate for LGBT Kids at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting in Phoenix”
Discussion of efforts to get SBC to rethink their positions on condemning homosexuality
Arizona Republic, June 10, 2017.

“Efforts to Ban Conversion Therapy in New York” (Video)
Commentary on legislative attempt to ban sexual conversion therapy for minors in NY State.
Capital News Tonight, Spectrum Capital Region, April 26, 2017.

“Psychotherapist Who Coined ‘Homophobia’ Fought It All His Life”
Commentary on Dr. Weinberg’s contribution of the term “homophobia” to cultural discourse.
Gay City News, March 30, 2017.

“George Weinberg dies at 87”
Commentary on Dr. Weinberg’s contribution of the term “homophobia” to cultural discourse.
Washington Blade, March 24, 2017.

“Joseph Nicolosi, Advocate of Conversion Therapy for Gays, Dies at 70”
Commentary on ineffectiveness of sexual conversion therapies.
New York Times, March 16, 2017 (online).

“An NC Lawmaker’s Response to a Transgender Woman Left Her ‘Appalled”
Commentary responding to North Carolina legislator disparaging of trans people as mentally disordered.
Charlotte Observer,February 2, 2017.

“John Kerr, Chronicler of Freud-Jung Rift, Is Dead at 66”
Commentary on John Kerr’s contributions to psychoanalysis.
New York Times, July 30, 2016 (online), Print Edition: July 31, p. A24.

“W.H.O. Weighs Dropping Transgender Identity From List of Mental Disorders”
Commentary on recommendations of WHO Working Group on Sexual Health and Sexual Disorders.
New York Times, July 26, 2016 (online), Print Edition: July 27, p. A9.

“10 Tips for Parents of Children Questioning Their Gender”
Commentary on children with gender dysphoria and need for parents to educate themselves.
Des Moines Register (IA), July 7, 2016.

“What It’s Like to be a Transgender Child in Iowa”
Commentary on distinctions between children with gender dysphoria and those who are simply gender atypical.
Des Moines Register (IA), July 7, 2016.

“Palm Beach County Considering a Ban on Conversion Therapy for Gay, Lesbian Children”
Commentary on efforts to ban conversion therapies for minors.
Sun Sentinel (FL),June 21, 2016.

“Was Orlando Gunman Sexually Conflicted? And Did it Matter?”
Commentary on possible motives for antigay violence in Orlando terror attack.
Associated Press, June 14, 2016.

“Fact Check: Psychiatric Consensus is that Lawmaker’s Claim that Transgender People are ‘Insane’ is False and Misguided”
Commentary on misuse of psychiatric diagnoses to distort scientific knowledge about transgender people.
Lawrence (KS) World-Journal, June 2, 2016.

“More American Engaging in Same-Sex Encounters”
Commentary on study showing increased acceptance of homosexuality by American public and increased same-sex activity in the public as well
HealthDay, June 1, 2016.

“Five Myths on Being Transgender.” (Invited Op-Ed)
Washington Post, May 13, 2016

“More Evidence Gay Parents Raise Well-Adjusted Kids”
Commentary on study showing children of gay parents are as well adjusted as those of heterosexual parents
HealthDay, April 19, 2016.

Christian Group Threatens to Sue Pascack Valley District over LGBT Proposal”
Commentary on misuse of DSM-5 to distort scientific knowledge about transgender people.
New Jersey Record, April 2, 2016.

“Largest Ever Study of Transgender Teenagers Kicks Off”
Commentary on controversies surrounding treatment of gender dysphoric minors
Nature, March 29, 2016.

“How Our Intolerant Society Contributes to LGBT Mental Disorders”
Commentary on impact of anti-LGBT legislation on mental health of LGBT populations.
The Advocate, March 18, 2016.

“Man Looking at Gay Porn May be More than Merely Curious”
Advice to Dear Abby letter writer regarding sexual orientation of her fiancée.
Dear Abby, March 9, 2016.

“Transgender Kids Getting NHS Treatment Soars by 1,000%”
Commentary on increasing number of children seeking treatment in UK’s National Health Service.
The Sun, March 7, 2016.

“How the Fight Over Transgender Kids Got a Leading Sex Researcher Fired”
Commentary on firing of Ken Zucker and CAMH gender clinic.
New York Magazine, February 7, 2016.

“State Now Offers Hormone Therapy to Transgender Inmates”
Commentary on Texas prisons new policy of providing some transition services for transgender prisoners.
Houston Chronicle, February 4, 2016.

“Secret LGBTQ Chabad Group Fills Void”
Commentary on emerging support groups for LGBT orthodox Jews
The Jewish Week, January 21, 2016.

“Spitzer’s Death Draws Mixed Views on His Legacy”
Comments on Robert Spitzer’s contributions to gay rights, and gay marriage in particular.
Bay Area Reporter, January 14, 2016.

“Robert Spitzer, Psychiatrist Who Set Rigorous Standards for Diagnosis, Dies at 83”
Psychoanalyst commenting in obituary on the contributions of Dr. Spitzer to psychiatry and gay rights.
New York Times, December 27, 2015.

“Ted Cruz’s Boys Showering with Girls Claim False, but Transgender Student Rights are Unsettled”
Commentary on Republican presidential candidate’s assertion that transgender girls are boys who should not be allowed into girls’ locker rooms.
Politifact Texas, December 9, 2015.

“U.S. Report Calls for End to ‘Conversion Therapy’ for LGBT Youth”
Commentary on SAMSHA report opposing conversion therapies for minors.
Reuters, October 15, 2015.

“At LGBT Memorial Service, Orthodox Add To The Rainbow ”
Commentary on antihomosexual religious beliefs and violence following Jerusalem stabbings
The Jewish Week, August 11, 2015.

“An Ex-Gay State Senator Is Running for Governor in Missouri”
Commentary about ex-gay belief systems
Huffington Post, July 29, 2015.

“Oregon Allowing 15-Year-Olds to Get State-Subsidized Sex-Change Operations”
Commentary on issues surrounding age of consent and gender reassignment
FoxNews.com, July 9, 2015.

“Change in LGBT Health Sparked 50 Years Ago in Philadelphia”
Commentary on social changes following homosexuality’s removal from DSM in 1973
Reuters, July 3, 2015.

“Gay, Lesbian Older Adults in Northeast Ohio Suffer High Levels of Depression, Report Says”
Commentary on survey indicating psychological issues affecting older LGBT populations.
Cleveland Plains Dealer, June 30, 2015.

“New Jersey Jury: JONAH’s Gay Conversion Therapies Are Fraudulent”
Commentary following guilty verdict against JONAH in NJ consumer fraud case
Tablet Magazine, June 26, 2015.

“Same-Sex Marriage Offers Couples Psychological Benefits, Experts Say”
Commentary on mental health benefits of marriage equality
US News & World Report, June 25, 2015.

“The New Girls in School: Transgender Surgery at 18”
Commentary on clinical decision making surrounding appropriate age for gender reassignment treatments.
New York Times, June 16, 2015.

“Former patients suing New Jersey nonprofit that offered ‘gay conversion therapy’ in hopes of shutting it down”
Commentary on NJ consumer fraud trial against JONAH offering conversion therapy.
New York Daily News, June 4, 2015.

“When the Therapist is a Quack”
Commentary on “life coaches” in NJ consumer fraud trial against JONAH offering conversion therapy.
The Atlantic, June 4, 2015.

“Can Sexual Orientation be Changed?”
Commentary on NJ consumer fraud trial against JONAH offering conversion therapy.
The Atlantic, June 3, 2015.

“From Bruce to Caitlyn Jenner: What Gender Reassignment Entails”
Explanation of diagnostic changes regarding gender diagnoses in DSM-5 and ICD-11.
FoxNews.com, June 2, 2015.

“Vocal Conversion Therapy Critic Weighs in on Gay ‘Cure’ Trial”
Interview regarding implications NJ consumer fraud lawsuit against JONAH.
Huffington Post, June 1, 2015.

“How a Transgender Teen’s Cries for Help on Reddit and Tumblr Powered a Movement Against ‘Conversion Therapy’”
Comments following President Obama coming out against conversion therapies.
Washington Post wonkblog, April 15, 2015.

“Psychiatrist Sheds Light on transsexualism” (Video)
Video interview on Fox’s “Health Matters” explaining gender dysphoria to general audience.
FoxNews.com, March 15, 2015.

“Dr. Ben Carson Bears Responsibility, Even as Politician, to Represent Science in Accurate Manner.” (Invited Op-Ed)
New York Daily News, March 5, 2015

“These Court Rulings Could Be a Major Blow Against The Practice of ‘Curing’ Gay People”
Commentary on NJ court decision to treat “conversion therapies” as consumer fraud.
Huffington Post, February 12, 2015.

“Puberty Suppression Benefits Gender-Questioning Teens: Study”
Commentary on the Dutch study following adolescents with gender dysphoria who underwent puberty suppression
US News & World Report, September 10, 2014.

“Transgender at 10”
Commentary on changes in gender diagnoses of DSM.
Willamette Week, August 6, 2014.

“GOP Plays with Lives with Reparative Therapy.” (Op-Ed)
San Antonio Express-News, July 24, 2014

“5 Ways the Religious Right is Wrong Again”
Commentary on the science of sexual orientation and culture war issues
MSNBC.com, July 31, 2014.

“No Scientific Basis for Gay-Specific Mental Disorders, WHO Panel Concludes”
Commentary on recommendations of WHO Working Group on Sexual Health and Sexual Disorders to remove ICD diagnoses related to sexual orientation (F66).
Science, July 2, 2014.

“Texas Governor Perry Compares Homosexuality to Alcoholism”
Commentary refuting Texas Governor’s comments.
Reuters, June 12, 2014.

“Kristina Olvera Says She is a Woman. The Prison System Says He is a Man”
Commentary on Oregon correctional system denying medical treatment to transgender inmates.
Willamette Week, April 16, 2014.

“Transgender Defense: ‘Donna’ says ‘Doug’ is the Spokane Killer”
Commentary on psychological frame of mind of individuals with Gender Dysphoria
ABCNews.com, March 19, 2014.

“Orthodox Therapists Battle Ban On Gay ‘Conversion’ Treatment”
Commentary on NJ law banning conversion therapies for minors.
Jewish Daily Forward, February 28, 2014.

“’Homosexual OCD’: Straight Men Who Fear They Are Gay”
Commentary on sexual and sexual identity manifestations of OCD symptoms
ABCnews.com, February 24, 2014.

“An Insurance Trap for Psychiatrists and Patients”
Letter to the Editor, The New York Times, December 21, 2013, p. A18.

“German Law: Parents of Intersex Kids Can Pick ‘Gender Undetermined’”
Commentary on first day of new German law permitting children with intersex conditions (disorders of sexual development) to delay a conventional gender assignment
ABC News, November 1, 2013

“Prescribing Generic Drugs”
Letter to the Editor, The New York Times, October 12, 2013, p. A18.

“Toronto Christian Program Tries to ‘Heal’ Gays”
Commentary on sexual orientation conversion efforts.
Toronto Star, October 5, 2013.

“Gender-identity Commentary Comes Out of the Closet”
Commentary on diagnostic changes in DSM-5.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, September 20, 2013.

“Why Do We Pathologize Gender Nonconformity?”
Commentary on new DSM-5 revisions of gender diagnoses in context of Manning case
Popular Science, August 23, 2013.

“Is Baby Male or Female? Germans Offer Third Gender”
Commentary on new German law permitting children with intersex conditions (disorders of sexual development) to delay a conventional gender assignment
ABCnews.com, August 22, 2013.

What ‘Transgender’ Means, and How Society Views It”
Commentary on diagnostic changes in DSM-5 and ICD-11.
USA Today, August 22, 2013.

“Bradley Manning Sex Change Plea Spotlights Prisoner Mental Health Services”
Commentary on medical necessity of gender reassignment surgery.
Boston Globe, August 22, 2013.

“Gay Conversion Therapy Ban”
Commentary on New Jersey’s passage banning sexual orientation conversion efforts for minors
Chasing New Jersey, August 20, 2013.

“Sunday Dialogue: Our Notions of Gender”
Invited letter to the Editor, The New York Times, June 30, 2013, page SR2.

“Born This Way?”
Commentary on meanings of theories about homosexuality’s “causes.”
Slate, June 28, 2013.

“Psychiatry on the Scientific Spectrum”
Letter to the Editor, The New York Times, May 30, 2013, p. A22.

“Bill Aiming To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy For Minors To Be Introduced In New York”
Commentary on new legislation intended to ban sexual conversion therapies.
Huffington Post, April 26, 2013.

“Gay Therapy is Not Just Sticks and Stones.” (Invited Op-Ed)
New Jersey Star-Ledger, April 16, 2013.

“U.N. Puts So-Called Conversion Therapies In Spotlight as Human Rights Issue”
Commentary on participation in UN conference critical of conversion therapies”.
Psychiatric News, April 5, 2013, pp. 1, 32.

“New Gender Dysphoria Criteria Replace GID”
Commentary on new DSM-5 criteria for Gender Dysphoria”.
Psychiatric News, April 5, 2013, pp. 9, 14.

“Gay Conversion Therapy Sparks Culture War in NJ”
Commentary on New Jersey legislative bill banning conversion therapy for minors”.
Asbury Park Press, March 31, 2013.

“La Polémica Detrás de Las Terapias de Conversión Gay”
Commentary on new legislation intended to ban sexual conversion therapies.
BBC Mundo, March 8, 2013.

“Colorado Transgender Girl, Not Allowed To Use School Bathroom”
Commentary on DSM-5 diagnosis of “Gender Dysphoria”.
Associated Press, February 27, 2013.

“UN Tackles Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ For First Time”
Commentary on new legislation intended to ban sexual conversion therapies.
Huffington Post, February 1, 2013.

“Legal Showdown over Gay Conversion Therapy Waged in 2 States”
Commentary on California legislation banning “reparative therapy” and New Jersey lawsuit against conversion therapists.
American Medical News, January 21, 2013.

“Conversion Therapy in Israel”
Commentary on conversion therapies in Israel and the US.
Ha’aretz Weekend Magazine, November 30, 2012.
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“Man Petitions World Health Organization: ‘We Are Trans, Not Sick’”.
Commentary on the impending revision of the ICD-11 and its impact on health care services for trans individuals.
ABCNews.com, October 22, 2012,

“Cross in the Closet: Straight Christian Lives a Year as Gay Man”
Commentary on changing attitudes of young evangelical Christians toward homosexuality.
ABCNews.com, October 11, 2012

“DSM-5 To Rename Gender Identity Disorder ‘Gender Dysphoria’”
Commentary about DSM-5 gender diagnoses.
The Advocate, July 3, 2012.

“Transgender Advocates Seek New Diagnostic Terms”
Commentary about DSM-5 gender diagnoses.
Associated Press, July 21, 2012.

“Dr. Richard Isay, Lover and Fighter, Dies at 77”
Psychoanalyst commenting in obituary on the contributions of Dr. Isay to psychoanalysis.
Gay City News, July 4, 2012.

“Dr. Richard Isay, Who Fought Illness Tag for Gays, Dies at 77”
Psychoanalyst commenting in obituary on the contributions of Dr. Isay to psychoanalysis.
New York Times, June 30, 2012, p. B8.

Drug Treatments for Transgender Kids Pose Difficult Choices for Parents, Doctors”
Commentary on treatment of gender dysphoric children and adolescents.
Washington Post, May 20, 2012.

Transgender at Five”
Commentary on treatment of gender dsyphoric children and adolescents.
Washington Post, May 20, 2012.

Psychiatry Giant Sorry for Backing ‘Gay Cure’”
Commentary on impact of Robert Spitzer’s “ex-gay” study.
New York Times, May 19, 2012, pp. A1, A3.

Mixed-up Five-Year-Olds and the Alarming Growth of the Gender Identity Industry”
Commentary on treatment of gender dysphoric children and adolescents.
Daily Mail (UK), February 24, 2012.

“Genetic or Not, Gay Won’t Go Away”
Commentary in Frank Bruni Op-Ed about scientific understanding of homosexuality.
New York Times, January 28, 2012, in print, January 29, 2012, Section SR, p. 3.

“Herman Cain Ignites Firestorm with Remarks on Gays”
Commentary on presidential primary candidates’ non-scientific views of homosexuality.
Washington Blade, October 6, 2011.

“Chaz Bono on Dancing with the Stars: Should Kids be Banned from Watching?”
Commentary on gender dysphoria and transsexualism in the public sphere.
Boston Globe, September 20, 2011.

“Dr. Ablow Gets It Wrong about Chaz Bono and ‘Dancing with the Stars’”
Response to FoxNews Keith Ablow’s commentary about Chaz Bono
Posted September 13, 2011

“Ex-Gay Therapy: NPR Forgets Infomercials Are Not Science” (Blog Post)
Posted August 13, 2011

“Army Private Portrayed as Deeply Troubled”
Commentary on use of GID diagnosis as defense in Wikileaks hearing.
Bay Area Reporter, December 22, 2011.

“Lawyers Say Bradley Manning Struggled with Gender Identity Disorder”
Commentary on diagnostic issues of GID in DSM and ICD.
Washington Blade, December 19, 2011.

“J. Edgar Hoover: Gay or Just a Man Who Has Sex with Men?”
Commentary on sexual identity issues following release of film J. Edgar.
ABCNews.com, November 16, 2011.

“Oscar De La Hoya: What May Be Behind Cross-Dressing Rumors”
Commentary on clinical presentations of transvestitism.
Daily Beast, November 11, 2011.

“Exodus Intl. Head Alan Chambers Compares Homosexuality to Obesity”
Commentary on the harmful effects of sexual orientation conversion efforts (SOCE)
ABCNews, July 15, 2011.

“Tim Pawlenty Says There’s No Scientific Conclusion That Being Gay is Genetic”
Commentary on contemporary scientific theories of homosexuality
Politicfact.com, July 13, 2011.

“Bachmann Silent on Allegations Her Clinic Offers Gay Conversion Therapy”
Commentary on harmful aspects of efforts to change sexual orientation.
ABC World News Tonight, July 12, 2011.

“Gay Marriage Quandary: Am I the Bride or Groom?”
Commentary on changing social attitudes toward gender and same sex marriage
ABCNews, July 7, 2011.

“J. Crew Ad With Boy’s Pink Toenails Creates Stir”
Commentary on theories of transgenderism
ABCNews, April 13, 2011.

“When Love Fights with Faith: A Community of Jews Learns to Live with Contradiction” (Blog Post)
Posted February 13, 2011

“‘Ex-Gay’ Organizations Have Spread Worldwide”
Commentary on lack of scientific evidence supporting sexual conversion therapies
Edge, February 1, 2011.

“Going from Straight to Gay”
Commentary on harmful aspects of efforts to change sexual orientation.
ABC Nightline, November 9, 2010.

“From Gay to Straight? Controversial Retreat Helps Men Deal With ‘Unwanted Attraction’”
Commentary on potential harms of conversion therapy
ABCNews.com, October 29, 2010.

“Bullying in America: Time to Confront National Crisis Experts Say”
Psychiatrist commenting on increased media reports of teenage bullying and suicide”
Medscape, October 27, 2010.

“Are We Facing a Genderless Future?”
Psychiatrist commenting on gender diagnoses in the DSM
Newsweek.com, August 16, 2010.

“Debate Over Homosexuality Now Roiling Orthodox Jews”
Commentary on potential harms of sexual conversions therapy.
Jewish Daily Forward, July 28, 2010.

“Meet Josie, 9: No Secret She’s Transgender”
Commentary on controversies surrounding treatment of gender diverse children
Arizona Daily Star, July 25, 2010.

“Gay-to-Straight Camp Run by Local Man Praised, Panned”
Commentary on potential harms of sexual conversions therapy.
Daily Progress (SC), July 11, 2010.

Deliverance: The True Story of a Gay Exorcism
Commentary on potential harm to children subjected to religious “exorcisms” of homosexuality.
Details Magazine, June, 2010, pp. 126-131.

“Let’s Talk About Sex”
Commentary on sexuality concerns among the HIV-positive.
HIVPLUSMagazine, May/June, 2010.

“Some Question Sex Addictions”
Commentary on controversies surrounding “sexual addiction” diagnosis.
Las Vegas Review-Journal, April 18, 2010.

“Controversy Continues over APA and Gender Variance”
Commentary on GID controversies and DSM-5 process.
Dallas Voice, March 12, 2010.

“The Stories Behind Sex Addiction”
Psychiatrist commenting on diagnostic status of “sex addiction”
CBSNews.com, January 10, 2010.

“Is It Possible to Systematically Turn Gay People Straight?”
Commentary on sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE)
Discover Magazine Online, September 9, 2009.

“A New Therapy on Faith and Sexual Identity”
Commentary on American Psychological Association Task Force on efforts to change sexual orientation.
Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2009, p. A09.

“Married and Coming out”
Commentary on people coming out as gay from heterosexual marriages.
divorce360.com, July 2, 2009.

“Psychotherapists Trying to ‘Treat’ Patients for Homosexuality”
Commentary on published British study showing some clinicians still trying to change homosexuality,
Scientific American Online, March 26, 2009

“Some Therapists in U.K. Still ‘Treat’ Homosexuality”
Commentary on published British study showing some clinicians still trying to change homosexuality,
Medpage Today, March 26, 2009

“More Investors are Shunning Stocks”
Psychiatrist commenting on managing anxiety related to economic downturn.
Business Week, February 24, 2009.

“What Would King Solomon Do?.” (Invited Blog Post)
The Bilerico Project, February 23, 2009.

“LGBT Adolescents”
Psychiatrist discussing how LGBT adolescents come out to their families,
science of sexual orientation.
About Our Kids, Sirius Doctor Radio, February 13, 2009.

“Attention, Shopaholics:  Your Weakness May Be a Proper Disease”
Psychiatrist commenting on whether compulsive shopping is a DSM diagnosis.
New York Times, January 28, 2009, p. A24.

“No Sex Please, We’re Gay” (Invited Blog Post)
Box Turtle Bulletin, January 23, 2009.

“GID and the DSM”
Psychiatrist offering commentary on controversies surrounding GID diagnoses and the DSM.
Michael Signorile Show, Sirius Radio, January 6, 2009.

“Eat, Drink and be Healthy and Gay”
Psychiatrist commenting on self care.
Southern Voice, January 2, 2009.

“Psychiatrists Revising the Book of Human Troubles”
Psychiatrist commenting on GID controversies and DSM-V process.
New York Times, December 18, 2008, pp. A1, A20.

“Born Gay?”
Psychiatrist discussing “causes” of homosexuality following passage of California’s Proposition 8.
Ron Reagan Show, Air America, December 10, 2008.

“The Stories Behind Sex Addiction”
Psychiatric expert questioning diagnostic category of “sex addiction.”
CBS Sunday Morning News, November 16, 2008.

“Long Term Psychotherapy Helps Complex Cases”
Commentary on JAMA meta-analysis of psychodynamic psychotherapy efficacy,
Reuters, September 30, 2008

“Mental Health Effects of Current Economic Crisis”
Psychiatrist interviewed about psychological responses to economic downturn and what individuals can do to help themselves.
FoxNews Radio Affiliates (WINK, Ft Myers, FL; WTVN, Columbus, OH;
WJNO, West Palm Beach, FL; WRVA, Richmond, VA; KTRH, Houston, TX;
WERC, Memphis, TN; KLIN, Lincoln, Nebraska; WGST, Atlanta, GA;
KCOL, Loveland, CO), June 10, 2008.

“Activists Alarmed over APA’s Gender Diagnosis Review”
Psychiatrist clarifying DSM-5 process.
Washington Blade, May 30, 2008.

“Parents:  The New Trans Focus”
Psychiatrist clarifying DSM-5 process.
Sydney Star Observer, May 28, 2008.

“Flap Flares over Gender Diagnosis”
APA spokesperson clarifying internet rumors that homosexuality will be put back into the DSM.
Gay City News, May 15, 2008, p.2.

“Homosexuality Debate Squelched by Gay Activists”
Commentary on controversial APA symposium on homosexuality.
Bryant Park Project, Local NPR Broadcast, May 12, 2008.

“Proud ‘Mama’s Boys’”
Psychiatrist discussing discredited, historic psychoanalytic theories that attributed homosexuality to parenting styles.
Southern Voice, May 9, 2008.

“Anti-Gay Panel Canceled at Psychiatrists’ Confab”
APA spokesperson on withdrawal of APA panel on homosexuality and conversion therapy.
Bay Area Reporter, May 8, 2008.

“Two Families Grapple with Sons’ Gender Preferences”
Psychiatric expert discussing history of aversion therapy as “treatment” for homosexuality.
NPR, All Things Considered, May 7, 2008

“Ex-Gay Junk Science Panel Canceled by American Psychiatric Association”
APA spokesperson on withdrawal of APA panel on homosexuality and conversion therapy.
Gay City News, May 1, 2008.

“Robinson Backs Out of Symposium on ‘Ex-Gays’”
Psychiatrist discussing APA panel on homosexuality and conversion therapy.
Washington Blade, April 30, 2008.

“Junk Science on Stage”
Psychiatrist discussing APA panel on homosexuality and conversion therapy.
Gay City News, April 25, 2008, pp. 1, 6.

“Killing Stuns NYC Therapists, Who Say Risk from Patients Is Low”
Psychiatrist discussing risks of violence after murder of a therapist in her office.
Associated Press (New York Newsday), February 14, 2008.

“Bisexuality in Women”
Psychiatric expert discussing longitudinal study of bisexuality in women.
Healthy Life, ABC News Now, January 28, 2008.

“The Toughest Call: Conversion Therapy”
Commentary on harmful effects of sexual conversion therapy.
ABC 20/20, September 21, 2007.

“Psychologists’ Group to Review ‘Treatment’ of Gays”
Comments regarding my appointment to American Psychological Association task force on patients conflicted about sexual orientation.
Associated Press, July 10, 2007.

“Conversion Attempts Mostly Lead to Harm.” (Invited Op-Ed)
Nashville Tennessean, Nashville, TN, August 16, 2007.

“Approaching Agreement in Debate over Homosexuality”
Critical comments about conversion therapies.
Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2007.

Therapy Aims to Make Ex-Gays
Psychiatric expert criticizing conversion therapies.
Chicago Tribune, June 11, 2007.

Furor Over Baptist’s Gay-Baby Article
Reaction to Southern Baptist Seminary leader affirming biological origins of homosexuality.
Associated Press, March 14, 2007.

“A Case of Gender Blues: Florida Official May Be Fired over Sex Change”
Psychiatric expert on mental health approaches toward gender identity disorder.
Newsweek, March 12, 2007

“Can Therapy Turn Gays Straight?”
Psychiatric expert discussing the APA position on sexual conversion therapy.
People Magazine, February 26, 2007, pp. 79-80.

“Some Tormented by Homosexuality Look to a Controversial Therapy
Psychiatric expert discussing the APA position on sexual conversion therapy.
New York Times, February 8, 2007, pp. B1, B6.

“My Big Bad Mouth”
Psychiatric expert discussing the psychological treatment of prejudice.
New York Times, February 8, 2007, p. G1-2.

“Ousted Pastor ‘Completely Heterosexual'”
Psychiatric expert discussing evangelical preacher’s announcement of
having become heterosexual.
New York Times, February 7, 2007, p. A11.

“Transgender people are Born One Gender but Identify with Other”
Psychiatric spokesperson on transgender expression.
Lansing State Journal, January 21, 2007.

“At Dunbar, Josh Faced Frequent Harassment”
Psychiatric spokesperson on effects of bullying on gay kids.
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, November 19, 2006.

“Haggard Case Revives Gay Therapy Debate”
Psychiatric spokesperson on harm done by sexual conversion therapy.
Associated Press (Boston Globe), November 16, 2006.

“Pastor’s Case Stirs Debate”
Psychiatric spokesperson on harm done by sexual conversion therapy.
Denver Post, November 11, 2006.

“Foley Incident Stirs up a Stereotype about Gay Men”
Commentary refuting alleged relationship between pedophilia and homosexuality.
San Francisco Chronicle, October 7, 2006, p. A11.

“Foley Follies:  “I Am a Gay American Alcoholic Sex Abuse Victim”
Psychiatric spokesperson debunking relationship between pedophilia and homosexuality.
Gay City News, October 5, 2006

“Homosexuality Research Sparks Debate”
Psychiatric spokesperson on genetic research and homosexuality.
North West Indiana Times, September 28, 2006

“Conference in Indian Wells to Challenge Views on Homosexuality”
Psychiatric spokesperson on harmful effects of sexual conversion
therapies.
Press-Enterprise (Inland Southern California), September 22, 2006

“What One Fewer Planet Means to Our Worldview”
Psychiatric spokesperson commenting on the psychological need to create categories.
Washington Post, August, 28, 2006, p. A02.

“Rights Panel Studies ‘Gender Identity’”
Psychiatric spokesperson commenting on gender dysphoria as Broward County contemplates anti-discrimination protections for transgendered individuals.
Miami Herald, August, 27, 2006.

“Straight Talk on Homosexuality”
Psychiatric spokesperson commenting on distinctions between pedophilia and homosexuality.
Prince George Sentinel, Prince George County, MD, July 6, 2006, p. E-2.

“Study Finds Link Between Having Older Brothers, Sexual Orientation”
Psychiatric spokesperson on study of relationship between fraternal birth order and homosexuality.
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, June 27, 2006.

“Doc Says Prison Bigs Fret Clinic’s Sex Change Calls”
Psychiatric spokesperson on history of treatment for Gender Identity
Disorder.
Boston Herald, Boston, MA, June 2, 2006

“’Ex-Gay’ Ministry Reaches out to Hub”
APA spokesperson on harmful effects of sexual conversion therapies.
Boston Globe, October 28, 2005.

“Being True to Themselves”
Psychiatric spokesperson on transgender presentations.
Louisville Courier-Journal, October 15, 2006.

Time Magazine: The Battle Over Gay Teens
APA spokesperson on harmful effects of sexual conversion therapies.
Time Magazine, October 10, 2005, pp. 42-51.

Washington Post: Vowing to Set the World Straight
APA spokesperson on harmful effects of sexual conversion therapies.
Washington Post, August 16, 2005, pp. F1,F4.

“Psychiatric Board Backs Same-Sex Marriage in 14-1 Vote”
APA spokesperson on decision to support same-sex civil marriage.
Southern Voice, August 4, 2005.

“Making Gays Straight”
Commentary on involuntary treatment of gay and lesbian adolescents to change their sexual orientation.
On Point, NPR, July 29, 2005.

ABC News:  ‘Ex-Gay’ Camps, Therapy Programs Attract Controversy
APA spokesperson on harmful effects of sexual conversion therapies.
ABCNews.com, July 28, 2005

Salon.com:  Turning Off Gays
Commentary on deleterious effects of sexual conversion therapies.
salon.com, July 18, 2005.

New York Times:  Gay Teenager Stirs a Storm
APA spokesperson on involuntary treatment of gay and lesbian adolescents to change their sexual orientation
New York Times, July 17, 2005, Sunday Styles (Section 9), pp. 1,6.

“Faithful Split over Whether Gays Can, Should Change”
APA spokesperson on science showing how difficult it is to change a sexual orientation
The Seattle Times, June 19, 2005.

“eHarmony: Heart and Soul”
Commentary on “heterosexual-only” on-line dating service.
USA Today, May 18, 2005, pp. D1-2.

“Texas Might Ban Gay Foster Parenting”
Commentary on proposed Texas legislative ban of gay foster parenting.
Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2005, p. A30.

“The Kinsey Effect”
Commentary on the impact of Alfred Kinsey’s work following the film release of Kinsey.
Los Angeles Times, November 15, 2004, pp. F1, F4-F5.

“Bosom Buddies”
Chair of APA Committee on GLB Issues commenting on treatment guidelines for transsexualism.
Chicago Reader, January 11, 2002.

“Can Homosexuality be Changed?”
Commentary on Robert Spitzer’s study claiming success of sexual conversation therapies.
AM Canada, CTV, May 10, 2001.

“Sexual Orientation Not Debatable: Psychiatrists Reject Forum on Homosexuality as Illness”
Commentary on American Psychiatric Association’s cancellation of debate on reparative therapy.
WebMD, May 19, 2000.

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