Saturday, July 9, 2011
Truth Wins Out, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting anti-LGBT religious extremism and experts on the so-called Christian “ex-gay” therapy racket has released a report of a stunning undercover investigation they conducted carried out a few weeks ago starting on June 23.
Truth Wins Out’s Communications Director John Becker posed as a troubled gay man seeking counseling. During the a week long undercover investigation inside Bachmann & Associates — operated by Dr. Marcus Bachmann, husband of Tea Party queen and GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michelle Bachmann, with hidden cameras. Becker, attended five sessions with Bachmann & Associates counselor Timothy Wiertzema. His experience with Bachmann & Associates and their counselor Timothy Wiertzema led him to conclude:
Based on my experiences at Bachmann & Associates, there can no longer be any doubt that Marcus Bachmann’s state- and federally-funded clinic endorses and practices reparative therapy aimed at changing a gay person’s sexual orientation, despite the fact that such “therapy” is widely discredited by the scientific and medical communities.
At no time was Becker given or asked to sign, any kind of informed consent document that disclosed the dangers of “ex-gay” therapy. Truth Wins Out concluded Bachmann & Associates is engaged in unethical, discredited and harmful practices rejected by the American Psychological Association, The American Medical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The American Psychiatric Association.