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The Straight Line: How the Fringe Science of Ex-Gay Therapy Reoriented Sexuality

by Tom Waidzunas
£20.00   paperback  University of Minnesota Press (2016)

The Straight Line: How the Fringe Science of Ex-Gay Therapy Reoriented Sexuality by Tom Waidzunas The consequences, for science as well as public policy, of relegating ex-gay therapies to the scientific fringe.
 
Drawing on extensive participant observation at conferences for ex-gays, reorientation therapists, mainstream psychologists, and survivors of ex-gay therapy, The Straight Line traces reorientation debates in the United States from the 1950s to the present.

"In The Straight Line, Tom Waidzunas offers a nuanced account of conflicts over sexual mutability in relation to civil rights and equal protection under the law. This book astutely analyzes the cultural saturations of scientific claims concerning ‘reorientation,’ tracing the ex-gay movement’s origins and its decline in the United States as well as its troubling ascent in post-colonial Uganda."
(Jennifer Terry, University of California, Irvine )

ISBN 13: 9780816696154 | ISBN 10: 0816696152