Joseph Nicolosi
Joseph Nicolosi

Joseph Nicolosi, Founder of Modern Ex-Gay Therapy Movement, Just Died

Joseph Nicolosi, a major proponent of modern ex-gay conversion therapy, died today of complications from the flu at the age of 70.

Gay journalist Zack Ford called him the “father of the torture known as ex-gay therapy.”

Nicolosi was a major figure in the field of ex-gay treatment. He founded the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), an organization focused on trying to turn gay people into straight people.

Nicolosi’s theories about homosexuality were denounced by the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association. His therapies were also banned from being used on minors via legislation in five states: Vermont, Oregon, New Jersey, Illinois, and California, The Daily Beast notes.

Gay conversion therapy isn’t just ineffective — it’s actively harmful. Many of the “treatments” are cruel and abusive, and many patients end up committing suicide.

Nicolosi devoted his life to harming gay people, many of them minors. And now he’s gone.