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03/30/2011

Latter day in a (slightly) earlier day: When Mormon outreach was measured in watts, not $$$

by Jeremy Hooper

We're just gonna give you a snip here. But you should really go check out this full ABC News piece detailing something so shockingly in the recent past of a church still so outwardly PROPag8ing a current that jolts gay people's benign peace:

Screen Shot 2011-03-30 At 3.46.45 PmJohn Cameron said he was a naive and devout Mormon who felt "out of sync" with the world, when he volunteered to be part of a study of "electric aversion therapy" in 1976 at Utah's Brigham Young University.

Twice a week for six months, he jolted himself with painful shocks to the penis to rid himself of his attraction to men.

"I kept trying to fight it, praying and fasting and abstaining and being the best person I could," said Cameron, now a 59-year-old playwright and head of the acting program at the University of Iowa.

"I was never actively gay, never had any encounters with men -- never had moments when I failed and actually had sex with other men," he said.

But his undercurrent of feelings put him in direct conflict with the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints (LDS) and its principles.
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Church officials say they no longer support aversion therapy, but a generation who grew up in the 1970s say they have been scarred for life because of well-intentioned attempts to change their sexual orientation.

Today, the church still steadfastly opposes homosexuality, as witnessed by the millions of dollars in support it gave to pass California's Proposition 8, which would amend the state's constitution to outlaw gay marriage.
FULL: Mormon 'Gay Cure' Study Used Electric Shocks Against Homosexual Feelings: Playwright John Cameron Describes Experiment at Brigham Young University in the 1970s [ABC News]

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