NARTH Ex-Gay Torture Founder Joseph Nicolosi Dead At Age 70, Survivors Include 350,000,000 Homosexuals

The Daily Beast reports:

Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, a co-founder of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) and a prominent figure in the ex-gay movement, has passed away, the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic, where he served as clinical director, confirmed to The Daily Beast.

Nicolosi, 70, was a practitioner of conversion or reparative therapy, treatments intended to change a person’s sexual orientation that have been widely denounced by major medical associations—including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association—and banned by legislation in five states: Vermont, Oregon, New Jersey, Illinois, and California.

  • Stogiebear

    Passed away?

    No. The piece of shit motherfucker died. Died. Dead. Deceased. Period. And everything that remains of him and his work will soon begin to rot away along with his corpse.

    • Christopher
    • Carl
    • Todd20036

      Ding dong the schmuck is dead

      The wicked shuck

      The stupid schmuck

      Ding dong the fucking schmuck is dead

      • Librarykid

        I wonder if he will have pallbearers at his funeral or luggage lifters.

      • glass

        The first thing that came to my mind was…

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY0WxgSXdEE

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          But thanks for the thought, and stop using stock photos in your avatar.

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          • Gest2016

            She’s operating an online finishing school for crack whores.

        • Kissmagrits

          Spamming strumpet

      • (((GC)))

        Some urge us to only say good things about the dead.

        I don’t wish anyone’s loss on their family and friends. But now that it’s happened, Nicolosi isn’t promoting his torture anymore. Good.
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eda15513668de4586c4c519909057193af590cd344a022a2a54848bbbf23f56d.jpg

      • DonnaLee

        The grifting schmuck.

    • Dan Weagraff

      ha ha….don’t hold back your true feeling man.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      If you hadn’t nailed his feet to the floor of his office, he’d be pushing up the daisies right now.

    • Nic Peterson
    • MarkOH

      May he rest in hell

      • Todd20036

        What did demons ever do to you to deserve that?

        • MarkOH

          True. I should have just said:

          Momma always said we should talk good about the dead.
          Nicolosi is dead. Good.

    • StSean
      • Curieux Bleu

        Yeah, just like his victims tried not being gay …

        He’s still dead, and they are still gay — if he didn’t drive them to suicide first.

        • Todd20036

          Even if he did, they’re still gay

      • Oh, Parker

        Brilliant!

    • NancyP

      Wasn’t one of his sons gay and an activist? It is common enough among anti-gay activists to have gay spawn.

    • Gest2016

      He’s being converted from a piece of shit into a pile of dust.

    • (((GC)))

      Wayne Besen’s “obituary” for Nicolosi at Truth Wins Out is worth (re)reading:
      https://www.truthwinsout.org/opinion/2017/03/41004/

      ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapist Joseph Nicolosi is Dead, he was an Opportunistic Ideologue and Propagandist who Trafficked in Hate and Harm
      Wayne Besen – March 12, 2017

      “Ex-gay” therapist Joe Nicolosi is dead. I doubt he’s in a better place. I do know the earth is a better place without this noxious con artist who peddled phony cures for homosexuality.

      While I hesitate to speak ill of the dead, I wonder how many LGBT teens took their own lives, or numbed their tormented minds with alcohol and drugs because Nicolosi preached that they were sick and in need of healing? How many thousands of ruined lives lie in his wake, with gay people pressured to marry straight spouses – only to have their doomed marriages end in bitter divorce?

      At 70, Nicolosi died relatively young from flu complications – ironic considering his admonitions against the dangers of the “gay lifestyle.” He often cited discredited “studies” on LGBT mortality by disgraced psychologist Paul Cameron to scare people into his so-called therapy. (Last night, I encountered dozens of healthy gay men in the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago that had far outlived this quack)

      Nicolosi deserves special scorn because he was not part of the older generation of mental health professionals that can claim ignorance about LGBT people. This charlatan wasn’t misguided or lacking in information. He was a uniquely malevolent force, propelled by an antiquated ideology and scornful of evidence that contradicted his purposeful lies. He was impervious to facts and must have known, on some level, his crackpot theories to convert LGBT people into heterosexuals did not work. Time and again, the hapless clients who left his expensive therapy sessions unchanged were blamed for his own failure as a “therapist.”

      It is fitting that on the very week that Nicolosi passed away, ABC’s 20/20 aired a special where investigative reporter Brian Ross exposed abusive and ineffective “ex-gay” camps. The 20/20 segment vividly shined a light on the torture and rejecton LGBT youth sometimes must endure thanks to the malicious theories peddled by snake oil salesmen like Nicolosi and others.

      Nicolosi was an arrogant hate-mongering demagogue who was equally despised by his colleagues on the right, due to his abrasive personality. However, he and the Religious Right had a symbiotic and profitable relationship. Faith-based conservatives had trouble persuading non-religious Americans to reject LGBT people based on biblical arguments. Nicolosi conveniently provided a medical veneer that resonated with secular people sitting on the political fence. His shtick was to hijack medical language to give cover to the view that homosexuality is a sin. Most people who bought his disinformation were unaware that Nicolosi and his ilk were fringe characters rejected by mainstream psychology.

      In reaction to acceptance of LGBT people by mainstream medical and mental health associations, Nicolosi banded together with like-minded quacks to form the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. NARTH pretended to be a science-based organization, but its raw antipathy and political nature often seeped through.

      For example, NARTH co-founder Dr. Charles Socarides, told The Washington Post, “Homosexuality is a psychological and psychiatric disorder, there is no question about it. It is a purple menace that is threatening the proper design of gender distinctions in society.”

      Though NARTH pretended to be secular, the underlying religious motivations of NARTH were always right below the surface. For many years, Dr. Joseph Nicolosi served as a spokesperson for the far right Christian organization Focus on the Family. On CNN’s AC360 with Anderson Cooper, (April 14, 2007), Nicolosi said, “We, as citizens, need to articulate God’s intent for human sexuality.” At the Feb. 10, 2007 Love Won Out conference in Phoenix, the “secular” therapist told the audience, “When we live our God-given integrity and our human dignity, there is no space for sex with a guy.”joseph_nicolosi

      NARTH would also attract clients by painting a dark, dystopian portrait gay life. It would depict coming out as futile, because instead of creating happiness, it would lead to disappointment, loneliness, and health problems.

      “I do not believe that any man can ever be truly at peace in living out a homosexual orientation,” Nicolosi said. “I think the homosexual condition has certain limitations to it. I think that two men in a relationship have difficulty and two women would have difficulty where there is a certain compatibility between male and female.”

      NARTH was effective at bashing LGBT people, but had difficulty defending its bizarre theories and practices. The core of Nicolosi’s “reparative therapy” was the idea that homosexuality in men was caused by a distant father. He said he could turn gay men straight by repairing the broken father/son bond by encouraging non-sexual friendships with heterosexual men. This would cause the gay client to become more confident in his masculinity and become one of the guys – and by doing so, attraction to the same sex would decrease, while attraction to the opposite sex would increase.

      This non-scientific crackpot theory metastasized into “touch therapy” by NARTH member Richard Cohen, who creepily held clients “non-sexually” in his lap for extended periods of time. NARTH therapist Christopher Austin was convicted for sexually abusing his clients with this technique. (Cohen was permanently expelled by the American Counseling Association for multiple ethics violations)

      NARTH’s efforts to promote gender stereotypes would be comical had they not harmed so many people. In therapy sessions, Nicolosi encouraged male clients to become more masculine by drinking Gatorade and referring to friends as “dude”. On its website, NARTH endorsed and sold a book from member therapist, James E. Phelan, “Practical Exercises For Men In Recovery of Same-Sex Attraction (SSA).” In exercise 57 of Phelan’s book, he advises male clients to tell their wives: “It is up to you to help educate her about your needs. Tell her, ‘I need to be the man of the house. Let me be the man of the house.’ Dominant women only demasculinize men. A man has got to be the lion of the den.” (p. 61)

      Phelan’s peculiar book urges clients to keep a “masturbation inventory” and practice “safe driving.”

      “Keep your eyes on the road, not on other peoples’ cars,” the therapist warns. “Focus on driving, not having sex with other drivers.” (p. 30) The author also offers a comprehensive list of 236 activities clients can participate in whenever they feel homosexual urges. This list includes: Bowling, singing to myself, watching the sky, reading maps, caring for houseplants, going to a revival or crusade, seeing famous people, crying, seeing or smelling a flower or plant, going to a drive-thru (Dairy Queen, McDonalds, etc.), walking barefoot, bird watching, smiling at people, playing Frisbee, and going to auctions. (Pgs. 93-97)

      NARTH therapists frequently practice “rubber band therapy,” where a gay client is made to wear a rubber band and snap it on his wrist when sexually stimulated. It is a mild form of aversion therapy meant to “snap” the client out of the moment of attraction.

      Dr. Jeffrey Satinover, a NARTH therapist, has written that Prozac may cure gayness. Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively, who had once been a frequent contributor to NARTH’s website, wrote “The Pink Swastika,” which blames the rise of Nazi Germany on gay people.

      NARTH board member Gerard van den Aardweg said he believes that there is a link between muscle weakness and homosexuality.

      “The possible correlation between homosexuality and ‘muscle weakness’ could mean, for instance, that boys with deficient muscular growth run a higher risk of becoming sexually deviant because of their feeling inferior on that account…it is precisely youthful inferiority feelings about the physical appearance, body build, and the like that can motivate a development to a homosexual orientation.” (Homosexuality & Hope: A Psychologist Talks About Treatment and Change, Ch. 2, p. 29)

      Most tragically, NARTH exploits the fears of parents for profit, recruiting males as young as three years old, referring to them as “pre-homosexual boys.” What Nicolosi does is instill a sense of deep shame, telling perfectly healthy youths that they are broken and he can fix them – for a fee paid by their vulnerable and confused parents.

      It is important to know that there is zero scientific validity to NARTH’s anti-gay views. Reparative therapy is not considered a legitimate and accepted form of psychological care. It is soundly rejected by every mainstream medical and mNicolosi bookental health organization in America. The American Psychological Association says attempts to change sexual orientation can cause, “anxiety, depression and self destructive behavior.”

      In August 2009, the American Psychological Association produced a landmark report that said, there was “no evidence” that ex-gay therapy was effective, and in many cases it was linked to harm. There are survivor organizations to help the victims of such therapy, as well as support groups for spouses who married a gay partner who could not change sexual orientations.

      The truth is, Nicolosi and NARTH had never been about science and research. It was a nefarious propaganda center designed to stigmatize, demonize, and browbeat LGBT people into the charade of pretending to be heterosexuals. The seething disdain is evidenced by van den Aardweg’s vicious and unfounded attacks on LGBT people. According to the NARTH leader:

      “The person with a homosexual drive is pulled to a neurotic and conflictions existence. Stubbornly and imperviously, against all advice, despite the sorrow they inflict on their parents, young people with this problem cling to their ‘choice’ of what their ignorance mistakes for ‘happiness.’ It may be hard, but it is true: not a few of them degenerate, their youthful freshness and gladness disappear; they become weaklings in many respects – like addicts.” (Ch. 2, pg. 24)

      Nicolosi’s and NARTH’s influence began to decline in 2006 after a series of professional humiliations. For instance, NARTH board member Gerald Schoenwolf, seemed to justify slavery on the organization’s website:

      “With all due respect, there is another way, or other ways, to look at the race issue in America,” wrote Schoenwolf. “It could be pointed out, for example, that Africa at the time of slavery was still primarily a jungle, as yet uncivilized or industrialized. Life there was savage, as savage as the jungle for most people, and that it was the Africans themselves who first enslaved their own people. They sold their own people to other countries, and those brought to Europe, South America, America, and other countries, were in many ways better off than they had been in Africa. But if one even begins to say these things one is quickly shouted down as though one were a complete madman.”

      Also in 2006, NARTH psychiatrist Joseph Berger, MD, a member of its “Scientific Advisory Committee,” wrote a paper encouraging students to “ridicule” gender variant children.

      “I suggest, indeed, letting children who wish go to school in clothes of the opposite sex–but not counseling other children to not tease them or hurt their feelings. On the contrary, don’t interfere, and let the other children ridicule the child who has lost that clear boundary between play-acting at home and the reality needs of the outside world. Maybe, in this way, the child will re-establish that necessary boundary.”

      In 2008, Dr. Lisa Diamond, University of Utah, publicly rebuked NARTH in a Truth Wins Out YouTube video. Diamond claimed that Dr. Nicolosi deliberately twisted her work for political gain. NARTH also uses outdated studies from up to 100 years ago and repackages these invalid studies as new.

      In 2010, George A. Rekers — an officer for NARTH — hired a young prostitute known as Geo on Rentboy.com, a gay-escort website. Rekers became a laughingstock when he claimed he had only hired the boy to “lift his luggage.”

      Unlike so many other people involved in the failed “ex-gay” industry that recanted or apologized, Nicolosi died disgraced and unrepentant. After his death, his wife Linda, who no doubt lived well off the money Nicolosi made off the backs of LGBT people and their families, cynically portrayed him as a victim.

      “Joe was certainly a larger-than-life, one-of-a-kind guy,” Linda said. “Never worried about political correctness, he was happy to swim against the cultural tide when he was sure the culture was going in the wrong direction. That got him into trouble quite a few times.”

      Peoples’ issue with Nicolosi had zero to do with political correctness. The problem was that he was scientifically incorrect and spread nasty lies to the world about LGBT people. He used his sad, pathetic life to perpetrate pure evil and cause incalculable heartache. His wickedness was more pernicious because he cloaked his dehumanization in medical language to make hate more palatable to the masses.

      Let the historic record show that Joseph Nicolosi was a disgrace to the medical profession. He was an opportunistic ideologue and anti-LGBT propagandist who trafficked in hate and harm. This quack will not be missed.

  • FAEN

    🖕🏼🖕🏼🖕🏼🖕🏼🖕🏼

    Enjoy asshole-I’m going dancing.

  • Todd20036

    Sigh. If just 5 more people on Facebook sent him thoughts and prayers he would have lived

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    “Survivors Include 350,000,000 Homosexuals”

    And how many dead ones is he responsible for?

    • Todd20036

      No. They aren’t dead gays. They’re saved souls

      • edrex

        right. they were dead failed heterosexuals.

        • TampaDink

          So is Joseph Nicolosi.

      • Snarkaholic

        Alt-straights?

      • Die, Mommie, Die!

        No one can show me a soul. But I’ve seen many gay men. They don’t choose to be gay. BTW….when did you choose your heterosexuality?

        • JCF

          I think you’re missing that Todd’s post is OBVIOUS snark.

        • ColdCountry

          Don’t know Todd, do you?

      • cleos_mom

        The standard evaluation for witches/heretics who were burned at the stake in A More Innocent Time.

  • Taylor

    Gosh…I can’t seem to muster up a single tear.

  • Mike C
  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • vorpal

    This news goes far better with the good wine I’m drinking than any cheese the world has ever produced.

    • you just made me wish i still had a house in WI. i remember several nights when i splurged on a good wine. excellent cheese is as common as air in that state. and it’s not pricey, normally. they take it so seriously, even in little backwater towns. it is a cheese lovers heaven, and frankly some of the shops were so good i’d say they’d make in France.

      • vorpal

        That sounds utterly heavenly.

        Here in Chile, the wine is like pizza: cheap, and even the bad ones are still pretty good.

        Our cheese situation, on the other hand, is a national embarrassment.

        • Robincho

          Queso what ELSE is new?…

      • safari

        There’s nothing like a cheese that’s old enough to buy liquor.

        • vorpal

          Talk like that is considered foreplay in my books.

    • MB

      Vorpie, Are vous becoming a wine-schnob ??
      :-0

      • vorpal

        LOL if it isn’t gran reserva or from a private, select winery, it doesn’t pass this kitty’s lips, usually.

        That being said, such a bottle of wine usually costs at most $9 USD, whereas in Canada, you’d have to pay around $30 for the same quality.

        • MB

          Trader Joe’s has some great wines from Vinas Chilenas (Reserva) in Santiago. I usually buy a case at a time. The rose’ is especially good.😸

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/879b3fecaa70ded784ac8f2edf29494f33da0025744cbfefab8f53a48dca3bb6.jpg

          • vorpal

            Rosé generally isn’t my thing… I’m all about the red wines, especially the deeper-bodied red wines like merlot, shiraz, and cabernet sauvignon. (The fact that someone would name a grape something as pretentious as a cabernet sauvignon amuses the hell out of me, even with the understanding that it’s probably a regional thing.)

            That being said, I have been developing a serious taste for some of what I would consider the “lighter” red wines, like carmenere, malbec, and pinot noir as well, but white wines and rosés are not my thing, generally.

            If it is alcoholic, though, I’ll probably still be willing to drink it. In terms of hard liquors, tequila is absolutely where it’s at!

          • MB

            I do enjoy carmenere. Lost my taste for malbec (unless, of course, it’s the only wine available.)

          • vorpal

            That’s how I feel about RED wines specifically.

            One of our best friends here – who is a hardcore and super fun drinker – loves high quality Malbec, and whenever we go to her place, I have to just suck it up like the little (happily – husband has a nice huge firm spanking hand on him) abused princess gay that I am and drink what she serves up.

            Life is so hard!!!

          • vorpal

            And Trader Joe’s rocks! I’m sad that we never had more than – I believe – one in all of Canada, and it shut down. Their sesame sticks make me mad with desire.

            When I lived in DC, I was ALL about the Trader Joe’s.

          • MB

            So, I can bribe you with Sesame sticks ??

            Hmmm, much to think about.😈

          • vorpal

            Oh, HELL yes, you can!
            Please put some imagination into it!

          • dustin fibers

            Wine, shmine…the painting behind…where, who, when, how?

          • MB
          • Ray Taylor

            It’s beautiful. How large? Do you know when she painted it? Is she alive? ??

          • MB

            It is a copy of the original 29×46. The copy, in oil, was completed by a talented artist in Florida about 25 years ago. It belongs to a friend of mine here in Albuquerque.

            The original Adam and Eve (Italian: Adamo ed Eva) was completed in 1932 and is an oil on panel painting by Polish Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, and is a religious subject based on the Art Deco style.
            ( Lempicka 1898-1980) Original below:

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/be6f9a1a5d93bd88121eaacb191e45b8540023d29d1362fb85465de083d14be8.jpg

          • pj

            lovely

          • Ray Taylor

            Thanks, the original is beautiful. Sigh.

  • teeveedub

    R.I.H. (Rot In Hell)

  • dcurlee

    I think it was Bette Davis that said you should say something good about the dead….Good he’s dead

    • Tomcat

      Worm food.

      • FAEN

        Nah-even worms have standards.

    • Oops. You beat me to it!!!

  • Tomcat

    I wonder if any of the young boys he was {helping} will show up for his funeral?
    It would not surprise me for some of them to come forward with things he did to them.

    • agcons

      They may show up at the graveyard long after everyone else has left, but after consuming a six-pack each.

      • I hope they wash their hands after pissing on his grave.

      • vorpal

        His gravestone will probably end up seeing more urine than Trump on a trip to Russia.

    • Hue-Man

      Were they in his bedroom when he died and how many?

    • Goodboy

      Be interesting. In the Stephen Fry interview he couldn’t find one success story to come forward so I’m sure his funeral will be just as well attended.

    • coram nobis

      Some of them to come forward at the funeral with a wooden stake and a mallet.

  • Tomcat

    Boy is he in for a surprise, oh wait, surprise you are dead and that is that.

    • ceeenbee

      I wish there were a surprise but, since there is no heaven or hell, he gets off too easy just ceasing to exist.

  • For some reason I’m reminded of a quote from Bette Davis…“You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is dead. Good.”

  • i guess it’s a testament to how far we still have to go. so many people believe that “therapy” like this would work. it’s just so stupid. it’s like saying “if only black people would add a gallon of bleach to their nightly baths, they could be white!” and if someone said jeebus would approve, a lot of black churchies would try it, i’m telling you.

    • We also have parents giving bleach enemas to their autistic children. There’s a lot of quackery out there doing a great deal of harm.

      • i don’t even want to know about that or how you know.

        • From skeptic-themed podcasts and blogs. Not sure which ones covered that particular story but it’s related to anti-vaxxers and crackpot theories about autism.

      • (((GC)))

        Related: howdovaccinescauseautism.com – “How Do Vaccines Cause Autism?” – no allopathic / Big Pharma lies, just a concise summary of the facts, with links to peer-reviewed research.

    • Tomcat

      Well they did try putting lead into them as children so they would not have to put it in them as adults.

    • CPT_Doom

      Hell my parents tried to make me a rightie (due to brain damage that affected my left/dominant hand more severely) & I still catch stuff automatically with my left hand. If you can’t even fix that…

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure ~ Clarence Darrow

  • Christopher
    • Ray Taylor

      He’s so loveable!

  • SDG

    Ding dong the BITCH is dead!

  • barrixines

    I say, Mr Joe, that’s a headline and a half.
    http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/2012/11/standing-ovation.gif

  • Carl

    All right. 2016/2017 finally killed offf a schmuck!

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    His somewhat premature death reminds me of when I was defending gay rights on Whitebarf, and one of the trolls there said ..’you fags don’t live long past 40′. And I replied ‘no, you are thinking of Andrew Breitbart’. Always a good feeling to outlive your enemies. Bye, Joseph. Thanks for nothing.

    • CottonBlimp

      I’m stealing Whitebarf, just to warn you.

  • Mark

    It’s always best to close out the day with a happy face.

  • PickyPecker
  • Pollos Hermanos

    In case Peter LaBarbera, Linda Harvey or Matt Barber are combing this comment section looking for a story about those mean nasty fags saying bad things about their hero.

    Fuck off fellas!!!

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/93281730ada3eb61052a93ccebbbe06f/tumblr_n5wkofBXVT1rt28efo1_500.gif

    • djcoastermark

      I just love that, makes me laugh every time. Now if someone somewhere would begin to mass produce these, instant sellout hit !

    • Christopher

      The “Whacky, waving, inflatable, arm-flailing, tube saviour” always brings a smile to my face!

    • perversatile

      ”Trying To Be More Christ-like”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw33u53rF3c

      • Waarki

        Now THAT made my day!

    • pj

      awesome

  • another_steve

    May his imaginary heaven be there for him, and may he be surrounded there by 300 Czech twinks, all of whom look exactly like this:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ef918d367b3b421fe176f498230875c818f8b1f607b121bcc33232d4198858e8.jpg

    • edrex

      and none of whom he gets to touch.

      • another_steve

        Cruel.

        Very cruel.

      • Todd20036

        I was going to say. I wouldn’t mind putting my male into a few Czechs.

        • coram nobis

          Bohemia and Moravia united once more.

      • 2patricius2

        Because they’ll all be having a gay old time in heaven, on the other side of a bottomless pit.

    • Kruhn

      Again with Lukas Ridgeston, Steve? That cutie should never be near that asshole! He goes in our heaven where the party is always hot, the men are always sexy, and the drinks flow like rivers.

      • another_steve

        I want Nicolosi to repent of his sins.

        If not, I want him to suffer.

  • Cuberly

    LGBTs and tennis rackets everywhere breathe a sigh of relief.

    • Sorry to say Richard A Cohen is still alive.

      • Cuberly

        Oh well, at least one down.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Was this the guy who hit the pillow and screamed “Daddy!”?

      • Cuberly

        I thought it was at first, but that’s Richard Cohen that does the racket thing.

        Racket…heh…

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jU65-3l588

        • Lumpy Gaga

          PLEASE!!! Rac-KAY.

          • coram nobis

            Racket, Mrs. Bucket.

            Crim. Law Professor: So, here’s a hypothetical. A tennis pro is in a bar, and he’s demonstrating his championship-winning technique with a tennis racket. He kills a patron on the backswing. What crime has he committed? Um, [Coram Nobis]?
            Me: Involuntary manslaughter. And racketeering.
            Class: EWWWW.
            Me: (bad Bogart imitation) Lissen, I know a racket when I see one.

  • religion is insane

    I want to know where you get that 350 millions?

    • JoeMyGod

      Approximately 5% of the current global population.

      • KarenAtFOH

        Love, love, love the headline, Joe!

  • The “like” button maxed out on this post. Can you post it 734 more times so we each get a turn to pay our respects?

    • lymis

      Won’t you sprain your middle finger?

  • Ninja0980

    Goodbye you miserable, worthless piece of shit.
    Such a shame this death couldn’t have happened earlier, before you ruined the lives of countless men, women and children due to your “therapy.”

  • Puckfair52

    Even Though It’s Lent I Danced a Little & celebrated!

    • CPT_Doom

      Gave up Catholicism for Lent years ago. Worked surprisingly well.

      • Christian1234567

        LOL Yup, that was one of the best decisions I ever made as well.

        • Ninja0980

          Same here.
          Leaving the church is still the best choice I ever made.

          • pj

            Amen

  • Canadian Observer

    Hmmm, I was hoping to achieve peak schadenfreude today, but when I read the original story it said cause of death was from complications resulting from flu. Personally, I had been hoping for something significant more painful – or at least involving household current causing convulsions. Guess I will have to hope he was an anti-vaxer as well and had refused this year’s flu shot.

    • CPT_Doom

      Perhaps we can hope all the caregivers at his end were LGBT and treated him with the “respect” he deserved?

      • BudClark

        The thing is: LGBT caregivers ARE better than that. They would have given him the same care as anyone else.

  • RobynWatts

    First off, my heart goes out to the many victims of this piece of shit! May they find solace knowing that this quack will never harm anyone again.

    Good fucking riddance, Joseph Nicolosi!

  • M Jackson
  • MT YVR

    Who was it that said “There goes a man who would be vastly improved by the experience of death.”? Because it seems to apply.

    And who was it that did the whole shtick about “I was told to only speak good of the dead. So he’s dead? Good.” ?

  • edrex

    failed as a psychologist. failed as a scientist. failed as a person. he made the world worse for others.

  • Jeanne173

    May he rest in pieces.

  • Raising_Rlyeh
  • Statistics Palin

    It’s sad when anyone dies – especially without repenting his or her sins.
    No sarcasm intended.

    • Xiao Ai

      That’s why we’re partying. To offset our grief.

      • Statistics Palin

        Party on, dude!

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Top pic caption: “Thank you for being a friend…”

  • david fairfield

    And may you experience in your after life all the torture you put upon gay youth one million fold. Rest in agony, piece of shit.

  • Robert Conner

    Good for him! Finally! Some turds just won’t flush.

  • HZ81

    I will mourn his death over a martini and belly-laughs. All JMG members, please join me at 9pm in your respective homes and lets flush our toilets in tribute.

    • edrex

      Easter, Central or Pacific Standard time?

      • HZ81

        All three? I’m CST myself, but figure those martinis gotta come out anyway at some point. 😉

        • Reality.Bites

          Let’s not forget Joe has a worldwide audience. And Canada alone has seven time zones. (The continental US has four – everyone forgets mountain time)

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Flush twice. It’s a long way down to where he’s going.

  • JR

    Rest in hell you sorry son of a bitch.

  • matthewrettenmund

    Maybe he can try to become an ex-corpse. Don’t give up hope!!!

  • Jim Gallagher-Barker

    Good-bye you sanctimonious prick. May the devil meet you at the gates to hell with the words: “Bend over, I’m going to enjoy this”

    • Ben in Oakland

      Why do you hate the devil so much? What did he do to you?

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    As Hitchens said about Falwell : ‘If you gave him an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox’.

    • Librarykid

      Yes, but the EPA would have to declare 3 counties disaster areas from the sprayed toxic effluent.

      • TampaDink

        Quick….before the EPA is eliminated altogether.

        • Librarykid

          Amen!

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      (God I miss that man. Not Fallwell; I hope he rots in Hell.)

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    Now let’s all turn to page 49 of our hymnals, and sing a song of our thoughts and prayers for Brother Nicolosi’s immortal soul.
    https://youtu.be/ZGAPhn8YDuw

  • Ben in Oakland

    I’m so happy about this I could just shit!!!!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Squeeze one out for me!

  • houstonray

    Alright 2017, now THAT’S more like it!!!!

  • Nowhereman

    I really hope that he died miserable and alone.

    • Reality.Bites

      How odd. I hope he died miserable but surrounded by people pointing and laughing.

      • i hope he died with no one in the room with him, but a bunch of younger people just outside his door, ushering the doctor away, whispering just loudly for him to hear a few words. “..his money is at the..” “I’m so glad i’ll never have to listen to his crap again..” “jeebus would he just die already? i need that insurance check, now. i could use the pillow.”

      • Nowhereman

        That’ll work, too!

  • Jess Mee

    Rot In Perpetuity.

  • olandp

    Champagne tonight!

  • Vodka is a food group

    Burn in Hell ASSHOLE

  • houstonray
  • Tiger Quinn

    Putrid son of a bitch.

  • David Milley

    Outlived _that_ motherfucker.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Now he is in line for the ex-human conversion therapy somewhere in hell.

  • John Ruff

    Hate kills. He’s living proof of that.

  • Secure

    Goodbye to this pathetic little man who is VERY likely the cause of many, many suicides.

  • ByronK

    Well, that didn’t go well. Good.

  • James

    Good.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Spare a thought for his innocent, gay office space.

  • Bill

    That’s really too bad.

    Death is far too kind an end for this scumbag.

  • Craig Howell

    Also banned in DC, thank you very much!

  • BudClark

    EVIL *kills* both SOUL and BODY …

  • FloBear

    Tell me where he’s being buried so i can spit on his grave.

    • coram nobis

      I think I would want a few beers before I visit the site.

      • No More GOP.

        And eat asparagus. Lots of it.

        • Xiao Ai

          Exlax.

          • i just have to be there at the right time of the month.

          • Xiao Ai

            There are days, c d. Days I do envy you women and your wherever. 😉

          • here’s the fun part. some of us women (close your eyes if your are squeamish) we make REALLY BIG BLOODY BLOBS EVERY MONTH. like, baseball sized. dripping, black-purple colored. like little aborted babies stabbed with a fork a thousand times and shoved into a kleenix. really. that’s what it looks like.

            i so want to rub the products of my evacuations on the faces of about 2,000 white rapebulicakkkan men. slowly. with a bunch of you guys holding them down for me, while i take my time. i could make them do so much, that we all want and need. just give me few hours, my purple costume, Asa and Kris, and a few other things. i can fix this.

          • Xiao Ai

            We men call that, “rare”.

    • Xiao Ai

      That wasn’t very respectful. May I join you?

  • coram nobis

    I thought of this for some reason.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGk3tY4yP7k

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Say only good things about the dead.

    Good. He’s dead.

    https://nyoobserver.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/pee.jpg

  • j.martindale
    • Christian1234567

      Okay, I’m stealing this. Thanks for laugh!!

  • No More GOP.

    “Joan’s dead. Good.”

  • bkmn

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.

    • Reality.Bites

      Yes it could. I could write a list.

  • JCF
  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Turns out, Satan tried his methods. They didn’t work then either.

    Butter em’ up, big boy.

    https://queerty-prodweb.s3.amazonaws.com/wp/docs/2013/10/Devil-Halloween-by-JJ-Keyes.jpg

  • Paula

    I’ll scratch him off of my list. Nature steals so many of my jobs.

  • leo77

    Of “complications from the flu” according to the article. Hmmm.

    • sfbob

      Not all that uncommon among seniors (of which, I will note, I am also one).

      • Lars Littlefield

        You have recent flu and pneumonia vaccinations, I presume? Although the flu shot is only 44% effective – on a good day — those are definitely better odds than not getting the shot.

        • Mike_in_the_Tundra

          I’m in LA. I had the flu last week. I was moving around the house. Maybe the flu isn’t so bad for gay boys.

          • Lars Littlefield

            Still, after 65 the flu is not so kind. It gets a bit scary to suddenly realize a bad head cold could quickly develop into pneumonia and kill. Ick.

          • Mike_in_the_Tundra

            I’ll never hit 65 unless I back into it.

        • sfbob

          I am diligent about vaccinations (and if I forget, my doctor reminds me). I have not had a case of the flu in almost 20 years. Ditto for pneumonia which I had in 1998.
          I’m HIV-positive since 1980. I have to take my healthcare needs seriously. I confess I have not been willing to get the meningitis vaccine but if my doc brings it up I won’t refuse.

          • Lars Littlefield

            I’ve not had the meningitis shot . . . yet. But I plan on getting one. Long before HIV was a thing I knew an unusual clot of otherwise healthy young men become crippled by meningitis. Those not crippled died. After several years the State Dept. of Health zeroed in on the fact the majority of them had been swimming in seeps and catches of water in the red rock canyons of southern Utah.

    • Ben in Oakland

      A lot of guys had the problem, beginning in 1982.

      • leo77

        That’s why I found the choice of words so, ironic?
        It feels like a euphemism.

        • Ben in Oakland

          I figured. Great minds think. For myself, I am increasingly convinced that the greatest source of opposition to our existence comes from the homo-hating homos, especially within the church.

          • Priya Lynn

            Nicolosi always set off my gaydar.

        • William

          “Knifed by an underage hustler” makes small talk so awkward at the funeral.

    • coram nobis

      Now, that is tragic. A fall into boiling lava would have been preferable.

      • Reality.Bites

        While that would be terrifying, take satisfaction in knowing his death was much slower and more painful. (Lava’s virtually instant)

      • William

        A slip and fall, feet first into a woodchipper, might be more fitting.

    • JCF

      I hope it’s a virulent strain affecting *only* 70 year old male BIGOTS, hmm?

      http://www.trendmantra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/article_488_6.jpg

  • JCF

    http://i.imgur.com/Dhmbb6t.gif

    “[He’s] gone where the goblins go
    Below, below, below!”

  • Mark

    May he rest in pieces.

    • Robincho

      Requiescat In Fragmentis

  • LovesIrony

    Rot In Pigshit

  • Megrim Twist
  • Robincho

    The life support was unplugged. Actually, some gay nurse just needed a phone charge… 😉

    And is it too soon to wonder aloud whatever became of George Rekers, Nicolosi’s ex-bff who couldn’t seem to lift luggage without “assistance”?…

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I hope this is him in Hell right now.

    https://youtu.be/42oucm_lj50

  • Rob NYNY

    As I get older, I find that some of my keenest moments of pleasure occur when I learn that I have outlived someone I despise.

    • Lars Littlefield

      I know! Isn’t it great?!

    • Reality.Bites

      Too bad Bill Perdue’s won’t make the news.

  • leastyebejudged

    We all go to the strange home.

  • bdsmjack

    His Life Review should be interesting.

  • andrew

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • SammySeattle

    Ding. dong.

  • TheAngryFag

    Bye Felicia!

  • LovesIrony

    Update, the undertaker was unable to remove the blood stains from his hands therefor the casket will be closed.

  • Phillip Brandt

    I have prayed for your demise for years. My prayers have been answered. May you rot in hell for eternity.

  • TampaZeke

    It’s moments like these that I SOOO wish I believed in Hell!

  • Lars Littlefield

    Calloo, callay! What a lovely day! Here’s a little tune to hum while you’re on your way!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYi7uEvEEmk

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      A bit of Alice in Wonderland, huh?

      • Lars Littlefield

        Why not? The wicked witch meme is a bit trite, n’est pas?.

        • Mike_in_the_Tundra

          Oui.

  • coram nobis

    Please spare a sympathetic thought for the earthworms.

    • JCF

      I just hope we don’t end up breathing (burnt) him!

    • Robert Conner

      Or maggots as the case may be.

  • Rick Hammond

    We should only say good things about the dead. And Dr Nicolosi is dead. Good.

    • Gregory In Seattle

      Took the words right off my keyboard.

  • Jim Gallagher-Barker

    “May he rot” is both too generous & redundant. Rotting in hell is for all eternity is too generous, and given that he was rotten to the core, redundant.

  • Earl

    /me dances.

    I will send a bottle of virtual urine for his grave.

  • SunsetGay

    When Osama Bin Laden died, I celebrated. He murdered 3000+ Americans and countless numbers of Muslims.

    Is it really wrong to feel the same when extremists like this nameless asshole die? Thinks about the THOUSANDS of LGBTQ children who heard the words or suffered at the hands of these pigs and killed themselves. I can’t wait to hear Tony Perkins defend a mass murderer against those evil homosexuals on JMG.

    I will do what I did when fat fuck Jerry Falwell fell over in his office for the last time… DRINK UP!

    • Reality.Bites

      In a more perfect world he’d have died the same way

  • aar9n

    My condolences with those who had to live through this man’s torture.
    My congrats to his family for experiencing a little bit of the pain they caused everyone else.

    • Reality.Bites

      You’re assuming his death caused them pain.

      Big assumption. 😀

    • Paula Key

      no wife, no kids?

      • aar9n

        Whoever his closet lovers were

  • Walter Maerlyn

    Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And, some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. — JRR Tolkien

    • Gene

      oh please.
      this guy was Sauron and the king of the ringwraiths closeted love child, selling his quackery from the 13th floor of a personal Barad Dur

      worm meat…and it could not have happened fast enough

      • Walter Maerlyn

        The quote is saying exactly that, that he deserves it. It was he who dealt out death in judgement. He got what he gave. Cosmic justice.

        • Gene

          ah….true enough..and mea culpa….usually, its read by someone of the “never kill/celebrate evil passing” lot.
          …and, it does rather read that way,for it was a reference to it being a good thing that Frodo had not taken out Gollum when he could have.

          Gollum did (inadvertantly) some good in the world
          this guy?
          not so much

  • RevDan

    Remember: this is the man who told his clients that gay men working in restaurants ejaculated on hamburgers to spread HIV.
    He leaves a long list of “patients” who tried to commit suicide after therapy. He told them they were worthless without his help.

    • (((GC)))

      Just like certain religions do — as Dan Barker pointed out, they cut you, then offer you a bandage.

  • RevDan

    Nicolas I was also the “therapist” who told his clients that gay men working in fast food restaurants jerked offer onto hamburgers to spread HIV.

    Read this article on the “self loathing industry”
    https://www.opednews.com/populum/pagem.php?f=Pray-Away-The-Gay-And-Ex-G-by-Rev-Dan-Vojir-121128-260.html

  • JT
  • Reality.Bites

    70 – isn’t that kind of young?

    Good.

  • Dale Snyder

    I Wendy, I Wanda, I wonder what every orange hair-dyed piece of christian shit thinks of this: orange hair-dyed Tony Perkins, orange hair-dyed Peter Spriggs, orange hair-dyed Drumpf……

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    May he rot in hell.

  • Gerard Dickson

    What shame that the media provided a platform to the extent that it did.

  • gothambear

    Probably died craving penis every moment of his pathetic life – I’m okay with that.

    • Reality.Bites

      Doesn’t everyone die that way? 😉

  • DesertSun59

    Good.

  • Xiao Ai

    He rotted from the inside out by killing 1000s. Should have died at birth.

  • Reality.Bites

    I bought a new car today.

    And now it’s only the second best thing to happen today.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cea071f221cbcc5911cc0e94c6250a6b04ea90fd5ffcbf8df2157bd7405406d1.jpg

    • pj

      so pretty…hope it goes topless too

  • fuzzybits
  • Xiao Ai

    Anyone know where he’ll be buried so I can pay my respects?

    • andrew

      Will urine be involved?

      • Xiao Ai

        For starters.

  • Silver Badger

    I am sure he is going to his just reward.

  • NZArtist

    I hope at the end of his life he was dismayed and despairing that gay people were becoming accepted by society despite his best efforts, and that his life was therefore a big waste.
    Fuck him with a big fucking fucking-stick.

    • Paula Key

      He probably knew he was gay!

  • HomerTh

    Fuck yeah.

  • 2patricius2

    And when this period of history is studied years from now, his name – if it lives at all – will live in ignominy.

  • TKW

    Finally some good news!

  • abqdan

    How sad… that he didn’t die years ago.

    • Ben in Oakland

      He did, but no one knew. He was pretty dead already.

  • RNegron

    So now we have the first genuine Ex-Gay in history!!!!!!!

  • ColdCountry

    I must say I smiled when I read that headline. And I laughed at his expression when Fry told him he’s make a good gay man – in appearance.

    • McSwagg

      That look was priceless!

  • xzargo

    Rot in Hell, Asshole.

  • seant426

    Adios, closet queen.

  • Ron

    May he NOT rest in peace!

  • Jon Doh

    Tom Cotton must be heart broken.

  • fuow

    Say nothing but good of the dead.
    He’s dead. Good.

  • Paul David

    Was it painful?

    I sure as hell hope it was!

  • TheManicMechanic

    Huzzah! Another gravesite that can do double duty as a public toilet. It’s what these types deserve.

  • Hryflex

    My thoughts and prayers are with his survivors…that they may die in embarrassment for his actions.

  • Parque_Hundido

    Prayers answered!

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    So the “Josef Mengele” of the ex-gay kingdom is dead. Tis a good thing! He will never be able to experiment on another person, and for that all of humanity should be glad. May his memory be one of infamy for the lives he destroyed.

    • (((GC)))

      May his victims be remembered; may whatsisname be forgotten in ignominy.

  • Adam King

    Perhaps there are members of his immediate family who are not grinning with glee at the news of his death. It’s a possibility.

  • coram nobis

    The Hon. Mr. Prince Satan
    1 Final Reward
    Hell

    Your Satanic Majesty,

    Please accept, with our pleasant wishes, this creature into Your realm. May he dwell in adamantine chains and penal fire in bottomless perdition, as John Milton and Dante Alighieri may suggest to your ethereal Wisdom.

    Sincerely,

    Joe and his choir

  • Statistics Palin
  • Jencendiary

    “We are deeply saddened and shocked to announce the death of Dr. Joseph
    Nicolosi yesterday in California from complications from the flu.”

    Complications from the flu? Sure, Jan.

    • Reality.Bites

      If that therapist exists, send him to Gitmo, pronto.

  • Oh, Parker

    I think the best eulogy I ever heard was from the Dark Shadows 1991 series reboot:

    Ben Loomis: “Aaam…Angelique, daughter of the Devil. May the worms grow fat on your flesh and may you know as much suffering in Hell as you have caused here on earth. *spits on the grave* Amen.”

    Sums it up for me pretty well.

  • TheSeer

    Deathstyle.

  • LADY MABELINE

    Convert back to life, asshole.

  • TallBearNC

    I see so many people that say “you shouldn’t wish/hope someone dead” WRONG. I’m glad this guy croaked. If there’s a hell, I hope he’s roasting.

  • DJ John Bear

    Thoughts and prayers…

  • barrixines

    Just checking to see if he’s still dead.

    Sweet.

  • DuaneBidoux

    350,000,000? God help us.

    Emotional genocide.

  • Boreal

    And for a few minutes at least, the world was a better place.

  • About fucking time.

  • Gigi

    Good riddance! I wish there really was a place called hell so he’d burn there for all eternity.

  • Kevin Perez

    Kudos to the little girl who dropped the house on him.

  • Andymac3

    So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night
    I hate you so and you vile piece of shite
    So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu
    You’ll not be missed, history will bury you!
    Goodbye!

  • andrea

    This is one of those days where, let me stop and take a huge, steaming shit on this man’s grave. Fuck him. Fuck any kind thought anyone mistakenly had about this man. I’m glad this horrible son of a bitch is dead, and I’m going to dance on his goddamn grave.

  • TheThruster

    With all the daily, shitty news, it’s nice to read a heartwarming story now and then!

  • TuuxKabin

    Je je, 10 recommended clicks out of 328 comments. Let’s at least make it an even dozen for Joe!

    Now. I need to pee. Where’s he buried?

  • The Sentinel

    I hate the usually brilliant Stephen Fry’s false equivalence at the end of the video. NO ONE HAS EVER told a 14yo that they are gay and that they must accept it. However, MILLIONS have told gay kids that they are not gay and that they must reject it.

  • SilasMarner

    Well, ding fucking dong that bitch is finally DEAD! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • DEAD…DEAD…DEAD ……. good!

  • nocadrummer

    One should never speak bad of the dead.
    One should only speak good.

    Joseph Nicolosi is dead. Good!

  • M Jackson

    [IMG]http://i27.tinypic.com/11jq69j.jpg[/IMG]

  • smokes70

    This song never gets old….. https://youtu.be/6CYkZcPYXQI

  • Robert Anthony

    I have to pee. Where’s he buried?

  • RJ Bone

    Please tell me he was electrocuted Please tell me he was electrocuted Please tell me he was electrocuted Please tell me he was electrocuted Please tell me he was electrocuted

  • DonnaLee

    I enjoy how Stephen Fry makes a slow, careful argument which is hard to refute.

  • McSwagg

    So “Une Flu Sur L’Cuckoo, N’est Pas?”

  • Ogre Magi

    Good riddance to bad rubbish