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Dobson's gender issues analyst distorts study on lesbian suicides

Melissa Fryrear, professional “ex-gay” and cog in the Focus on the Anus wheel, is pulling more ridiculous theories out of her rear. Dan at Ex Gay Watch came across this attempt to use a study on lesbian youth and suicide to bolster the case for the need for reparative therapy. It’s pathetic.

Last week Focus on the Family published an article in which gender issues analyst and “former homosexual” Melissa Fryrear blames “pro-gay advocates” for high suicide rates among lesbian youth:

The survey revealed that nearly four out of 10 lesbian girls say they have attempted suicide in the last year, compared to 8.2 percent of heterosexual girls.

Melissa Fryrear said there’s a reason why the numbers are so high.

“Regrettably, they think they have to embrace homosexuality because pro-gay advocates told them that they were born gay,” she said. “And that is absolutely not true.”

Wayne Besen actually called up the study’s author, Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, associate professor at the University of British Columbia, to tell her about Fryrear’s claims, and she said:

“Nothing in the brief results we presented or in our overall study could lead to such conclusions…Population surveys cannot determine cause and effect…they can only suggest possible links. Even so, other researchers have not found these sorts of links, and neither have we.”

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