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They’d never dealt with “this kind of information” before, and they had no idea what to say or do.

The conversation spiraled, ending only because Galloway had to leave. They said they’d found his online chats, and he didn’t know whom he was really talking to, and they could be predators who’d find him and do all sorts of horrible things to him.

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When he came home, he noticed that she seemed a little bit off; she wasn’t greeting him with her usual warmth, and the air around her was charged with tension. Sick with anxiety, trapped between his internal world and the one around him, he begged to see a counselor.

“Have you been talking to people you don’t know online? They looked carefully for one who would not discount their Christian faith—and who would help them, too, as they struggled to understand.

According to a press release, Gay worked for nine years at the state psychiatric hospital in Athens (Appalachian Behavioral Health Care); was clinical director for Health Recovery Services for eight years; and was program director of Bassett House, a residential facility for chemically dependent adolescents, for five years. Also in 2003, according to the press release, Gay was recognized as one of the first “Mental Health Heroes” at the annual conference of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill; received the Sister Ignatia Award from recovery advocates in Ohio; and was named as Outstanding Contributor of the Year by the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers.

Well-known for his efforts in combatting the opioid epidemic, Gay was appointed in 2003 to the newly created Chemical Dependency Professionals Board by Ohio Gov. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers since 2014.

Drugs to induce nausea while a man sat, surrounded by glasses of urine, and listened to audiotapes of other men having sex.

A device fitted over the penis so the man could zap his biceps with electricity the instant he became aroused.

Spitzer said the study was the deepest regret of his professional career, and he apologized to any gay or lesbian individuals he’d hurt.

Michael Bussee, one of the co-founders of Exodus International, also apologized.

By then, same-sex attraction was no longer officially viewed as a vile perversion or crime.

Psychologists were offering “conversion therapy” (also used for people struggling with gender identity) or the “reparative therapy” developed by Joseph Nicolosi, who blamed male homosexuality on a psychological injury sustained in childhood at the hands of the father.

The self-reports, by phone, were of changed behavior, not changes in their deepest feelings and impulses.

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