Journal of Human Sexuality

The Journal of Human Sexuality, the official publication of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity (ATCSI), is a scholarly journal dedicated to the dissemination of information in the field of human sexuality with a particular emphasis on sexual orientation and gender.  The chief aim of the journal is to publish thought-provoking scholarship by researchers, clinicians, and other like-minded scholars.  In keeping with the ATCSI’s mission, the journal particularly seeks articles relevant to the understanding and care of persons who experience unwanted same-sex attractions and/or gender dysphoria and the clinicians who provide this care.  Reasoned perspectives and theoretical approaches that may be unwelcome for political and ideological reasons within mainstream psychology are encouraged.  The journal welcomes empirical research (both quantitative and qualitative), theoretical and conceptual articles, in-depth reviews of the research and literature, clinical case studies, book reviews, and letters to the editor.  The journal is published annually, provided free to ATCSI partners, and is accessible one year after publication through the ProQuest databases and the journal’s web site.

Journal of Human Sexuality, Volume 10

Special Section: Religious and Spiritual Issues among Clients with Unwanted SSA

Julie H. Hamilton & Philip J. Henry, Working with Evangelical Christian Clients Who Have Unwanted Same-Sex Attractions -


Most evangelical Christians with same-sex attractions find their sexual attractions to be in conflict with their deeply held religious beliefs. For many of these individuals, it is more important to live consistently with their Christian beliefs, which for them results in peace with God, than to indulge their sexual attractions. Therefore, they are often motivated to seek help, including therapeutic help, for dealing with their unwanted same-sex attractions. Therapists who work with these clients are most effective when they understand their clients’ religious beliefs. Therapists can also utilize those beliefs and spiritual resources in the therapy process. In this article, evangelical Christian beliefs are presented and spiritual resources are explained. In addition, the strengths and challenges of Christian clients are described. Finally, spiritually sensitive clinical interventions are provided, as are unique aspects of working with evangelical Christian clients.

Philip M. Sutton, Serving Persons with (Unwanted) Same-Sex Attraction and Behavior (SSA) from the Roman Catholic Tradition


This paper primarily addresses how Roman Catholic Church teaching informs and offers guidance both to Catholic mental and medical healthcare professionals who are serving persons with same-sex attraction and behavior (SSA). Of particular—but not sole—focus is if their clients or patients are themselves Catholic and if their SSA is unwanted. Catholic teaching regarding the nature of SSA, factors which may contribute to its possible development, and its sometimes “transitory” nature is presented, after first explaining what brings genuine happiness for all human beings, including “chastity.” The Catholic Church’s wisdom on how Catholics with SSA may best be served pastorally, including helping them deal with a “gay identity” and the timely referral of such clients for therapeutic and medical care is discussed. Finally, particular wisdom by Catholic professionals who serve clients with unwanted SSA are shared. This paper also was written for Catholic laypersons and others who may be experiencing SSA.




Joanna Szydłowska & Jozef Szopiński, The Man’s Contribution in Forming His Own Sexual Identity


In the present article we undertake identification and analysis of the role played by the conscious decisive factor in forming male homosexuality. We point to the determinants of homosexuality: disturbed family relationships, a latent erotic relationship with the mother, and mental elimination of the father. At the same time we notice that at the foundation of this relationship there is a certain conscious volitional element of the will to stay in an erotic relationship with the mother. We present this specific relationship with the mother as seen in seemingly trivial, sometimes symbolic events. We show how bringing this erotic relationship to light causes the man to change his perception of himself and of the surrounding world. The description and the conclusions that have been drawn are based on our work with a thirty-year-old client of the Marital and Family Counseling Services in Lublin, Poland, who participated in therapy for two years. All the data making it possible to identify the client have been removed.


Christopher H. Rosik, Perspectives from the Front Lines of Therapy Ban Conflicts: An Interview with Peter Sprigg and Greg Burt


Battles continue to be fought in municipal, state, and federal jurisdictions over the rights of clients to receive and therapists and other counselors to provide change-allowing care for individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions. In order to shed further light on what is occurring in the political trenches, I interviewed two men who have years of experience engaging politicians and the public in the defense of these rights. Peter Sprigg is a Senior Fellow for Policy Studies with the Family Research Council based in Washington, D.C. Greg Burt is the Director of Capitol Engagement for the California Family Council in Sacramento, California. In the interview, I pose several questions designed to learn about these men personally and professionally, as well as to gain insight on how they perceive the present and future of this conflict.


Neil E. Whitehead, Publication and Retraction of the Santero, Whitehead, Ballesteros (2018) Study: A First-Hand Account


This paper details the publication and subsequent unilateral retraction by a bioethics journal of a study showing statistically significant strong effect sizes of combined therapy, strong religiosity, and support groups, on attempts to change sexual orientation by USA men. The study also found very strong and helpful diminution of mental health issues and harm experiences were no worse than those accompanying therapy for other unwanted conditions. The retraction by the journal was nearly a year after publication and was based on a sole negative review of the statistics used, although these had previously been approved after examination in depth by a reviewer from another journal, and one was specifically recommended as valid by the APA. The authors submitted a reply and found the negative review was easily answered, but the editor did not allow herself to be involved in a statistical argument, nor did she blame the authors, but rather attributed culpability to the previous processes in the journal. Gay activism seems not to have been a significant factor, but it will become increasingly necessary for journals to become thoroughly statistically informed.


Research Reviews:


Christopher H. Rosik, A Research Review of Ryan et al.’s Parent-initiated Sex Orientation Change Efforts with LGBT Adolescents: Implications for Young Adult Mental Health and Adjustment

Christopher H, Rosik, A Research Review of Gartrell et al.’s Sex Attraction, Sexual Identity,  and Same-Sex Experiences of Adult Offspring in U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study


Book Reviews:

Keith Vennum, A Review of The Un-affirmed Core: Understanding the Factors behind and around Homosexuality

Keith Vennum, A Summary and Analysis of The War on Psychotherapy: When Sexual Politics, Gender Ideology, and Mental Health Collide

Walter R. Schumm, A Review of Same-Sex Marriage and Children: A Tale of History, Social Science, and Law


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