The day Richard came out to his dad, an expert on “curing” gays

Richard Socarides is a friend. His father was evil. It’s hard enough coming out to your parents at all. Coming out to your dad, when your dad is one of the top, if not the top, “expert” claiming that gays can be cured – Charles Socarides – is a whole other level of scary.

Richard’s dad helped found NARTH (an anti-gay “ex-gay” pseudo-scientific group that has taken the lead in claiming, falsely, that you can “cure” homosexuality).


Richard’s dad, Charles Socarides, in an infamous CBS documentary blasting gays in 1967.

Kudos to Richard for doing this video, and for coming out to his dad at all. Charles Socarides died in 2005. You might not have heard of him, but he was a huge deal in ex-gay-land in the 1990s.

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