One of the leaders to the “conversion therapy” hoax has died. There are in this country thousands of people, mostly men, who paid money and were subjected this fraud. It was driven by the religious idea that homosexuality is a sin and through religion that sinful behavior can end.
The fellow that died, Joseph Nicolosi, never owned up to the harm he had done nor was called to account. Yet, there is plenty of testimony from those he took money from and left worse off than before they knew him.
This contrasts with Alan Chambers, the head of a now closed Christian conversion therapy organization, Exodus International. Chambers recognized its harm and apologized for the harm he had done.
During the several years when conversion therapy was the darling of the Christian right, requests were made for data on its success. No organization ever released this data. There were countless examples of people who went through the programs, were considered such successes they were hired for staff position but then left to live as homosexual men.
The entire history in Christianity of considering homosexuality a sin and treating homosexual people as if they are defective or have something wrong with them has been one of the great mistakes in the faith. It has caused lots of misery and has not changed the sexual orientation of a single gay person so far as we know.
There is hope that in one generation homosexuality will not be considered sin within Christianity.