Is Marcus Bachmann’s Ex-Gay Clinic Operating Illegally?
John Becker, an undercover reporter for Truth Wins Out spent a week in late June at Marcus “Gays are barbarians” Bachmann’s controversial clinic, Bachmann & Associates.
The clinic was widely reported to be performing internationally discredited “ex-gay” therapy, which the American Psychiatric Association blasts as being more harmful than helpful, since it has failed to ever, Ever, EVER successfully transform someone’s sexuality.
The Minnesota Independent reports:
“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,” wrote Becker in a report of his findings. “It’s time for Michele and Marcus Bachmann to stop denying, dodging and stonewalling. They owe it to all Americans to provide a full and honest explanation for their embrace of these dangerous and fraudulent practices.”
Like Ramirez, Becker was referred to an “ex-gay” ministry and told that God wants all gays and lesbians to be heterosexual.
Becker’s therapist, Timothy Wiertzema, told him, “We’re all heterosexuals, but we have different challenges.”
Attraction to the same sex “is there, and it’s real, but at the core value, in terms of how God created us, we’re all heterosexual,” Wiertzema added.
Bachmann & Associates also sells a book by self-described ex-lesbian Janet Boynes, titled, “Called Out: A Former Lesbian’s Discovery of Freedom.” Becker noted that the book was displayed in the clinic along with a note from Marcus Bachmann: “Janet is a friend. I recommend this book as she speaks to the heart of the matter and gives practical insights of truth to set people free.”
But here’s the thing; Bachmann & Associates has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal and state funding over the years that it has used to perform a harmful, discredited, and in many states straight up illegal homophobic practice under the guise of therapy. “Do no harm”, indeed!
There’s also the little matter of both Marcus and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann dripping hypocrisy all over our new carpets. Someone be a dear and point out where the Constitution spells out government subsidized mental health grants.
The Bachmanns: They really are as terrible as you believe.