Therapists Gather to Discuss Gay Mormon Issues

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mental health therapists with opposing views on homosexuality plan to participate in a conference this weekend designed for Mormons.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Circling the Wagons conference ( ) is meant to build understanding between gay, lesbian and transgender members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other members. It runs Saturday and Sunday in Salt Lake City.

One speaker will be David Matheson of the now-closed Evergreen International. That organization worked with Mormons to help them diminish their homosexual feelings.

Another speaker will be Lee Beckstead, a psychologist and former Mormon who contributed to a report by the American Psychological Association that found attempts to change a person's sexual orientation can be harmful.

The conference will also include talks from more than 20 people from different religions.

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