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Friday, June 04, 2021 

An Israeli who'd formerly been homosexual was able to overcome it

Israel National News interviewed a man who was once homosexual, and was able to overcome it to lead a normal heterosexual life instead:
On Thursday, the LGBT community is holding its annual Jerusalem Pride Parade, at the start of “Pride Month.” As usual, the parade incites strong opinion on both sides of the LGBT question, including the perennial debate over whether such inclinations can be changed.

Yaron (not his real name) is today married and the father of five children, something he doesn’t take for granted as, at one point in his life, he did not feel any attraction for women and only after seeking psychological counseling did he turn his life around.

“Going back around 20 years, I was 20 years old and learning in yeshiva,” he relates. “I started to feel like I was attracted to other men rather than to women which placed me in a terrible position of conflict. I didn’t want to feel that way – I come from a religious home, and I wanted to build a family like all my friends. I was in a great amount of distress and also fear in case anyone found out.

“I tried all sorts of things,” he continues, “including psychological treatment. The main focus was on building my connection with myself. I had very low self-esteem and big self-confidence issues, and we worked on that, on finding my place and feeling good about myself as myself. I tried to figure out how I was feeling, where those feelings were coming from, and what I thought I wanted to gain from such relationships, and gradually the feelings of attraction for other males started to recede and parallel to that process, I started to feel attracted to women instead.”

It was the Eitzat Nefesh organization that came to Yaron’s aid. “I found them via a support line,” he says. “They in turn connected me with a certain program which deals with these issues, and through that program I found a psychologist.”

Yaron stresses that his wife knows about this part of his history – “My wife knows everything. I knew that I wanted to tell her, before we got married. I told her that I’d been through a psychological process and that it had really changed me. I didn’t want there to be this secret between us.”
Read the rest. I don't know whether the guy is from a Haredi background, but I do know this: if the approach they've used, wherein boys and girls could have extremely limited contact with each other, and men from the most insular clans in particular are instructed not to look at the opposite sex, that could explain why there may be a substantial number there who were turned homosexual at an early age (and suffer from gender dysphoria), because they weren't given enough view and understanding of the opposite sex. It's the same with Islamic regimes where women are forced to wear veils, such as Iran, and until recently, Saudi Arabia, though they seem to have thankfully eased up on that dictation and are moving away from it. In any case, the point can be made that, depending on how it's managed, religion can cause homosexuality just as much as any secular conduct. That's why advocates of religion need to reevaluate their approach if they really want their subjects to retain healthy heterosexuality.

And with that told, let's also note that there's another valid argument that LGBT practitioners shouldn't reject the opposite sex, and shouldn't be ashamed of whether they're male or female, seeing all the galling transsexual propaganda that's going on today. Whether any of it was caused by religious practices backfiring, I have no idea. But I don't think it's impossible either, and while religion is obviously not the only way people can become homosexual - and make things worse by taking up transsexuality and potentially ruin their bodies - this is why proponents of religion must start looking at their conduct and ask if they're going about things the right way. Even Christianity, to be sure, has to do some evaluations for the sake of managing life better.

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