The machine is called a penile plethysmograph, Evelyn Jane Saungikar.

Not all gay conversion therapy programs use them, because they’re very expensive and they’re only useful if operated by technicians with expensive training.

Ironically, they’re most often used in programs meant to evaluate the risk of convicted sex offenders.

Their validity is questionable, by the way.

Also, not all conversion therapy programs for young people are residential like the one in my story. Many are, but many others are outpatient, with just a visit a week or so to a therapist.

Even in the outpatient programs, though, the aversion therapy that I start describing in Part Four (being published tomorrow morning) is very common.

I think of the boy I raised and imagine him going through ordeals like this when he was a vulnerable 14 or 15 year old and it makes my heart bleed.

I can’t imagine how people can do this to children.

But they do.

Every day.

They do it to adults too, by the way, which is only slightly less monstrous.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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