Reparative therapy, a so-called "healing process" for gays to become straight, has always been a controversial subject matter in the gay community. Although mainstream psychiatrists have yet to determine what causes one's sexual orientation to deviate, proponents of reparative therapy believe that homosexuality is caused by a traumatic experience as a child.
However, we can say that this therapy is not (as they may say) "a blanket solution to cure homosexuality." For one, as many of us believe, homosexuality is not a disease nor it is a mental condition. However, there could be some cases where men took the gay route to "escape" from their trauma, which mentoring treatments like reparative treatment may help.
Unlike in the United States where many reparative treatments focus on the psychological aspect, the Philippines has its own way of reparative treatment although it is not promoted as such. They call it "Christianity."
An Evangelical Christian group based in the Philippines promotes a series of guide videos, which includes "Born Bading" that aims to "live free from homosexuality." The video is hosted by Anthony Roquel, a former actor who was prominent for his gay role as Tonette Macho in the sitcom Iskul Bukol.
I am appalled by the copy of their video as if homosexuality is more repressing than the dingy closet that hides many secretly-gay actors in the Philippines. I, for one, chose to be free and I never could have felt better.
But what is your view on reparative therapy, or the belief that homosexuality is some form of self-oppression? We want to hear from you!