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So-Called Gay Conversion Therapist Sought Hookups On LGBT Dating Sites



Dr. Norman Goldwasser, an Orthodox Jewish provider of so-called “gay conversion therapy” techniques, was discovered himself going on gay dating websites seeking out hookups from other users there.

The pro-LGBT website Truth Wins Out (TWO) found, through its own undercover research, that Goldwasser was posting his image and actively looking to meet up with individuals on gay sites such as Manhunt and Bear Nation. The reporting from TWO pointed out the hypocrisy of Goldwasser’s personal life versus his professional career as a conversion therapist.

“Norman Goldwasser’s double life of unconscionable lies highlights the rank hypocrisy and predatory nature of the fraudulent ‘ex-gay’ industry,” TWO Executive Director Wayne Besen said in a statement. “We urge every state to ban the scourge of conversion therapy that attacks the mental health of LGBT youth and puts them in harms way.”

Presently, 14 states and the District of Columbia have banned homosexual conversion therapy programs. Florida, where Goldwasser’s offices are located, is not one of them.

Within its reporting, TWO expressed that its stance on outing men and women who identify with the LGBT community, is generally not to do so, “unless there is overwhelming hypocrisy, exchange of commerce, and the threat of harm to LGBT youth,” the report said. “The Goldwasser outing passes all three tests.”

Goldwasser works out of Horizon Psychological Services in Miami Beach. According to the Advocate, the company’s website advertises that Goldwasser “helps patients to understand and process the ways in which painful or frightening events continue to impact present functioning.”¬†Goldwasser has in the past compared homosexuality to be similar in scope to obsessive compulsive disorder.

The company’s site adds that Goldwasser’s work has helped “individuals whose trauma histories have led to addictions, anxiety, and mood disorders, as well as difficulties in relationships.”

But research has indicated that conversion therapy is a quack science, and doesn’t actually work. Oftentimes, the practice of conversion is subjected onto others without their direct permission, such as when children who identify in the LGBT community are sent to such practices like Goldwasser’s.

Indeed, the Human Rights Campaign has come out strongly against conversion therapy, pointing out through research they’ve cited that it can actually hurt those who take part in it.

“In short, there is clear evidence that conversion therapy does not work, and some significant evidence that it is also harmful to LGBTQ people,” the HRC website states.