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'Gay Therapy' Sports Camp in Wynnewood Draws Criticism

The camp says it uses team sports to help gay men repress sexual urges. Senator Daylin Leach thinks it's a terrible idea.

State Senator Daylin Leach is speaking out against a Wynnewood-based camp for men that, according to Philly.com, uses team sports to help gay men defuse their sexual urges.

Held at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary this weekend, "Sports Camp" is run by a Catholic organization called Courage. The camp has five goals for its attendees, according to Philly.com, one of which is to encourage men "to live chaste lives in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality." It does this with daily prayer, mass, and regular games of softball, football, basketball, and soccer.

The camp, not surprisingly, has drawn criticism from some quarters. State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), in a statement released through his office, said that the camp stigmatizes homosexuality and suggested that programs like Courage only make life more difficult for young people who are gay:

It’s long been known that sexual preference has a genetic link and is not, in fact, attributed to any sort of childhood rejection or trauma, as advocates for this camp have suggested. 

In fact, a recent study has discovered that epi-marks – genetic markers that control gene expression – play a large role in determining if one is born homosexual or heterosexual. According to the researchers who conducted the study, 'Different epi-marks protect different sex-specific traits from being masculinized or feminized – some affect the genitals, others sexual identity, and yet others affect sexual partner preference.’

To encourage our youth to deny themselves of who they are and to tell them that their sexual preference and gender identification are wrong is unconscionable. Instead of telling kids that they need to change the very fiber of their beings, we should encourage them to be confident and self-assured. It is hard enough to be a teenager, and we should not make that transitional time of self-discovery any more difficult. 

By allowing them to embrace who they are, teenagers have a fighting chance at becoming well-adjusted adults. It is not our place as a society to tell anyone that being gay is a problem that should be ‘cured’ or ‘fixed’. That type of bigoted mentality will only breed cruelty and discrimination for years to come.

Leach isn't the first political leader to speak out against programs like Courage. In August of 2012, the California State Assembly passed a bill banning gay conversion therapy for children and teenagers (though a federal court subsequently blocked the law) and New Jersey is considering similar legislation.

A PDF of the camp's flyer is attached to this article.

Joe May 28, 2013 at 04:12 AM
You definantly read the Bible and need it. Heterosexual men have our jails filled to capacity. Btw the Pedophiles who are strait and the rapist who are strait. When did you ever read that a GAY DUDE robbed,molested,abused,murdered,raped,armrobbed,must I go on. YOUR BLIND!!!! YOUR BLIND!!!! Must be a REDNECK!!! Read that Bible dude,you need it..
George MacDonald May 28, 2013 at 01:39 PM
I would like to thank Patch for including a link to the website for the group COURAGE. I was never aware of this group before. Shame on Patch for presenting such a one sided approach to the issue at hand. They did not include any statements from any representatives of COURAGE thus not allowing them to present their views. Patch also failed to mention that COURAGE had been warmly endorsed by Blessed Pope John Paul II. It appears that Patch is pushing it's own agenda here. Nevertheless it is wonderful to know that this organisation exists and they are doing such Godly work. I'm putting my money where my mouth is and I am making a substantial donation to COURAGE so they may continue their work of saving souls.
MJP May 28, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Mr Day, you are presenting peoples opinion as some sort of fact, still you present zero scientific evidence.
George MacDonald May 28, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Personally I'm getting tired of hearing this argument. People have got to stop following junk science and science fiction. 1 in 3 men carry the "warrior gene" that makes them predisposed to violence and aggression genetically. By that chain of logic it would suggest that violent behavior be tolerated by society because there is a gene that causes it. We both know that logic is nonsense. Here are some citations that may help. Everyone wants these individuals treated with compassion. http://sourcefednews.com/theres-no-gay-gene-says-scientists/ https://instinctmagazine.com/blogs/blog/scientists-claim-there-is-no-gay-gene-homosexuality-is-caused-by-factors-in-gestation?directory=100011 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biology_and_sexual_orientation http://www.wnd.com/2009/05/97940/
Maryalice Brennan May 28, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Aahhhhh Yup.

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