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Gay law student puts reparative therapy counselor in his place

Scott Blair

Scott Blair

Scott Blair

Scott Blair

You would think that after getting a phone call from Harvard Law’s LGBT group encouraging their son to attend the prestigious university, Scott Blair’s parents would be proud.

Instead, they were devastated and joined an “ex-gay” counseling group in an effort to help turn their son straight. Scott agreed to meet with the counselor if his parents agreed to be more open-minded.

Scott recalls the meeting:

[The counselor] sort of goes into this weird diatribe about how no one has ever found a “gay gene,” and I’m looking at him, and he tells me, “You know, every study that’s purported to find a gay gene has been authored by gays. No one else has ever found one.”

And I said, “I have no idea what studies you’re talking about, but sexuality is very complex. Everything that humans do is very complex. All a gene does is control the expression of a protein. I would be extremely shocked if one gene can control anything like that.”

Surprised by Scott’s defiance and pushback, the counselor pressed on, leading to a debate that touched upon which parent is to “blame” for Scott being gay, the Roman Empire, the African-American civil rights battle in the 1960s, and more.

In the end, the counselor ended the meeting in frustration.

This is Scott’s true LGBTQ story:

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