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Post submited by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The United States Air Force Academy is continuing to defend the hiring of conversion therapy advocate Dr. Mike Rosebush. Dr. Rosebush, hired by the Academy in 2009, works for the Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development. The academy insists the conversion therapy advocate doesn’t counsel cadets, instead claiming he simply coaches them in developing good leadership skills. Today, the Air Force Academy attempted to calm the growing outrage by holding a teleconference call, featuring three supportive cadets who spoke about the culture for LGB people at the Academy.

Rosebush’s anti-gay resume is hefty. Prior to working at the Air Force Academy, Rosebush offered over-the-phone conversion therapy through his business “Coaching Confident.” He also served as a Vice President for the anti-gay group Focus on the Family and as a member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). 

Rosebush also was Director of Professional Counselors for Exodus International, the now-defunct “ex-gay” organization. Several months ago, Exodus International president Alan Chambers issued an apology to the LGBT community and denounced his position that sexual orientation or gender identity could be cured. Rosebush also authored the 2009 book “Sanctification Coaching” and billed himself as an expert in helping men tackle “unwanted same-sex attractions.”

Efforts to change sexual orientation or gender identity have been condemned by the nation’s leading medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. California and New Jersey have passed laws banning conversion therapy on minors.

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