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Roughton, R. (2000). Sometimes a Desire is Just a Desire: Gay Men and Their Analysts. Gender and Psychoanalysis, 5(3):259-273.

(2000). Gender and Psychoanalysis, 5(3):259-273

Sometimes a Desire is Just a Desire: Gay Men and Their Analysts

Ralph Roughton, M.D.

This essay is a response to an overriding principle in Drescher's psychotherapeutic work with gay men: respect for the patient. Four narratives are presented to illustrate the harmful experiences of men whose psychotherapy or analysis took place decades ago, when standard practice was based on an attempt to change sexual orientation rather than to discover and facilitate the patient's integration of his particular pleasurable desire.

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