Homosexuals Anonymous

Offering Guidance, Fellowship, Care and Freedom


What is so special about us?

What is so special about Homosexuals Anonymous (www.homosexuals-anonymous.com) and the Jason ministry (http://jason-online.webs.com) ? What is characteristic for our ministries? In short: We are truly family. In our groups – both local and online – and between the leaders you will find a very warmhearted atmosphere. That does not mean it is not going rough at times, but the brotherly love always takes us through.

In our group meetings we do not simply share own experiences. We follow the concept of Proverbs 27:17: “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)). Especially men need to cheer one another, but also encourage, advise, and support one another. A woman is born a woman – a man has to become a man, and he does so through a lively interaction with other men. That means we want our members to comment on what their brothers (and sisters) did or said – and not just swallow it down as if this is none of their business and as if advise is something bad.

Many of our members stay for a long period of time – others leave early. Recovery does not have a set schedule as the causes for same-sex attractions are many and each member deals with different ones. Our members are free to come back anytime once they leave if they wish to. If a member falls, we do not throw him or her out, we try to help him or her get back on track again by finding out why this happened and how future falls can be prevented.

Decisions among the leaders are being taken in brotherly accord.

Our leaders usually are mature men of faith: Pastors, therapists, Christian counselors and the like.

We see our 14 steps as a tool – one tool among many others. They are NOT the end; they are a means to the end of seeking freedom from same-sex attractions and living a godly life. We are not concentrating on the 14 steps per se in a legalistic manner as if the salvation of the earth depended on them. That is why we include all sorts of tools and resources in our program and are also able to shape it for special groups of people (like Muslims). Many factors contributed to the development of our same-sex attractions and to believe that one single program is good enough for everybody to deal with those factors, that one size fits all, would be a sign of arrogance & pride and thus not helpful for our members. We do not exist for our own sake or to glorify our own name, but the name of Jesus. We also work together with many other groups, organizations & churches – both secular and religious. We offer our help and support to Jews, Muslims, people of other faiths – and no faiths – without compromising our Christian heritage.

We do not ask anything from our members but the will to be free. They do not have to be Christians. However, they should be aware that this is a Christ-centered program and at least be open to work with those parts of the program they feel comfortable with.

There are only a few rules for those participating in our groups: No doctrinal discussions, no insulting of other members, no overly graphic and/or dirty language, no inappropriate behavior among the members.

Our members are encouraged to contribute and share stuff they consider helpful. This stuff does not necessarily have to be related directly to same-sex attractions or the 14 steps. As I already mentioned many biological, social, psychological, emotional & spiritual factors contributed to the development of our same-sex attractions, which in turn means that recovery has to deal with a wider context that includes all those areas as well. Some share songs, others talk or organize leisure activities etc.

We are non-denominational. That means, we do not have to focus on doctrinal questions, on fitting into church policies, on looking good enough from the outside to be “presentable” as part of a church, on not being allowed to use or talk about certain things that would not be in line with our denomination, on getting approval from elders or pastors and so on. All of that would lead us astray from our goal of seeking freedom of same-sex attractions.

Finally: All of our services are for free. That does not mean that what we are doing does not cost us anything. This is why we need to ask for donations. However, nobody that seeks help will have to pay anything for it.

We are here to love and serve people with unwanted same-sex attractions and their loved ones as well as anybody interested in that subject like Christ would. He is our head and our foundation – and Him we follow.


An Open Letter to the Deniers of Reparative Therapy

By John McCartney

For years, “gay” activists have waged a disinformation campaign against reparative therapy (RT), a service available to the those with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA). It got national attention decades ago when, using it, [sexologists] Masters & Johnson relieved 60 percent of such persons from SSA. Such therapy consists of conversation between a therapist and a client seeking the source of this unwelcome felling. That there is a source is attested to by the fact that there is no replicated study supporting the born-that-way argument. Anti-RT activists advance assertions that warrant scrutiny, assertions in addition to born-that-way, such as:

SSA is not a disorder, i.e., a divergence from nature. In support, they cite the 1973 removal of homosexuality from the [American Psychiatric Association’s] Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders II at a meeting that made a travesty of psychiatric deliberation by politics and the ever-present threat of 1971-type disruptions [Editor’s note: see this “pro-LGBTQ psychiatric site, which notes: “There were a series of dramatic encounters between activists and psychiatrists at the annual meetings of the APA between 1970 and 1972.” Also see psychiatrist Dr Ronald Bayer’s book, Homosexuality and American Psychiatry: The Politics of Diagnosis, which documents how “gay” militants bullied and harassed psychiatrists leading up to the APA vote depathologizing homosexuality.] In a subsequent referendum, psychiatrists without experience with homosexuality were polled; their votes outweighed the votes of psychiatrists who did have it. Psychiatrists with such clinical experience in counseling clients with SSA were marginalized in the proceedings.

Dr. Robert Spitzer, who quarterbacked the 1973 removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder (with a narrow exception), retracted his 2003 endorsement of RT, which he made after listening to the self-reports of 200 men and women for whom RT worked. Spitzer, after ten years, was convinced by “gay” activists that he really didn’t know what he once knew, that his endorsement was putting homosexuals in jeopardy, and that self-reporting of change was unreliable, even though he had expertise evaluating it. The [then] 80-year-old psychiatrist yielded to the same intense lobbying that his fellow psychiatrists did in the 1973 “scientific” [APA] meeting–to truth’s detriment.

The assertion that the showcased dozen or so victims of unqualified counselors constituted proof that RT doesn’t work and is often harmful is as unreasonable as asserting that Alcoholics Anonymous is a failure because it has only a 40 percent success rate.

Apparently, no successful “survivor” of Reparative Therapy was interviewed. One wonders how many of the 350,000 AIDS fatalities (up to 500,000 due to cause-of-death mislabeling) would be living if they had had an opportunity to weaken their same-sex attraction. HIV/AIDS has taken a terrible toll among men having sex with men (MSM). Of the 1.2 million Americans with the disease, 65 percent are MSM (homosexuals comprise just 1.7 percent of the U.S. population). Seventy percent of new infections occur among these men.Homosexual “marriage” has been no solution: 86 percent of new HIV transmissions in gay and bi [bisexual] men occur in relationships or in the context of two guys sleeping together regularly; for guys ages 16 to 24, 79 percent. The cost comes to $16.5 billion per year. Illinois alone has received $80.8 billion [in federal funds] to service HIV/AIDS victims (as of 2014). [See this Kaiser Family Foundation report, which states: “Federal funding for HIV has increased significantly over the course of the epidemic, rising from just a few hundred thousand in FY 1982 to more than $32 billion in FY 2017.”]

The above begs the question: why the desperate effort to discredit RT when SSA has led, and is leading, to such suffering and early death for MSM, plus the crushing medical costs (from self-inflicted behavior), when RT offers hope to those dissatisfied with their not-so-gay lifestyle? A plausible answer: the grandfather of the Gay Liberation Movement, the late Frank (“Gay Is Good”) Kameny, whose personal history belies his mantra, contended that the edifice of “gay” liberation would collapse if homosexuality could not gain acceptance as a normal variant of heterosexuality. If the 200 gays and lesbians interviewed by the aforementioned Dr. Spitzer, plus hundreds of others, have minimized or eliminated their same-sex attraction, then SSA cannot be regarded as a normal variant and therefore must be a disorder, a divergence from nature/normality. Disorders need rectifying, not membership in a protected class for which the 1973 APA decision laid the groundwork.

What accounts for the deniers’ success when there is so much evidence that homosexuality (condition and behavior) is not, as Kameny says, a normal variant of human sexual behavior? If Americans believe so, it is because the media has suppressed most negatives about homosexuality and suppressed all the positives about RT. If the success stories that Dr. Spitzer certified argue convincingly for the minimization/elimination of SSA–as they do–then there is no justification for making homosexuals a protected class. Rather, they should be regarded as many clinically experienced psychiatrists regard victims of depression, which affects saints and sinners. Developing the comparison: SSA points its victims toward HIV/AIDS; depression, toward suicide. The latter’s death toll is infinitesimal compared to the former.

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the Player Queen’s repeated assertions to her dying husband that she would never, never marry again led even the naïve Queen Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, to suspect her emotional insistence. So should the relentless protestations (“fraudulent,” “harmful,” “charlatans”) of the RT deniers (like the LGBTQ activist group “Truth Wins Out“) be regarded. To paraphrase the skeptical Queen’s response to Hamlet’s question: These deniers protest too much, methinks.

John J. McCartney, Jr.

Cititens Concerned About Media
PO Box 8208
Chicago, IL 60608

Note: McCartney also can be reached via email through AFTAH by writing: [email protected]

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